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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Desert-Bound" (1918)

The rain is falling steadily,
Bringing the earth relief;
While dry-eyed I remain and calm,
Amid my desert-grief.

Break! Break! ye flood-gates of mytears
All pent in agony;
Rain! rain! upon my thirsty soul,
And flood it as the sea! 

Published in The Crisis, April 1918

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