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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Essence" (1916)

The dreams of the dreamer
Are life-drops that pass
The break in the heart
Thru the soul’s hour-glass.
The songs of the singer 
Are tones that repeat 
The cry of the heart–
‘Till it ceases to beat.

Published in The Crisis. May 1916

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