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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Potency" (1919)

The hour is big with sooth and sign, 
   with errant men at war,
While blood of alien, friend and foe imbues
   the lands afar;
And we with sable faces pent move with 
   the vanguard line,
Shod with a Faith that Springtime keeps 
   and all the stars inshrine. 

Published in The Crisis, August 1919

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