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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "My Little One" (1916)

The infant eyes looked out amazed upon the frowning earth,
A stranger, in a stranger land, child of the mantled-birth;

Waxing, he wondered more and more; the scowling grew apace;
A world, behind its barring doors, reviles his ebon face:

Yet, 'mid this maelstrom forms a man and like to God is he!
He loves a world, allloveless, and can smile -- on Calvary!

Published in The Crisis, October 1916

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