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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Old Black Men" (1927)

They have dreamed as young men dream
     Of glory, love and power;
They have hoped as youth will hope
     Of life’s sun-minted hour.

They have seen as other saw
     Their bubbles burst in air,
And they have learned to live it down
     As though they did not care.

Published in Caroling Dusk, 1927

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