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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Fame" (1916)

Thru the land of tribulation,
   O'er the river of despair,
When the taut heart snaps with tension,
   Fame awaits you, smiling there,
After love has all been wasted,
   After every song is sung;
Late--too late, the world will crown you,
   Useless! Love and song are done.

Published in The Crisis, September 1916

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