African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Benediction" (1922)


Go forth, my son,
Winged by my heart’s desire!
Great reaches, yet unknown,
For your possession.
I may not, if I would.
Retrace the way with you,
My pilgrimage is through,
But life is calling you!
Fare high and far, my son,
A new day has begun.
Thy star-ways must be won!

Published in Bronze, 1922

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