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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Heritage" (1917)

Happy youth in joyous laughter,
Wafts me pensively alone
O'er the winding way where morrow
Claims the Mantled for her own.

I can hear their voices ringing 
Down the corridor of years,
As they lift their twilight faces,
Through a mist of falling tears!

Published in The Crisis, October 1917

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