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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Guardianship" (1917)

That dusky child upon your knee
Is breath of God’s eternity;
Direct his vision to the height —
Let naught obscure his royal right.

Although the highways to renown
Are iron-barred by fortune’s frown,
‘Tis his to forge the master-key
That wields the locks of destiny!

First published in The Crisis, October 1917

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