African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Promise" and "Prejudice" (1925)

Promise 

If you can laught along the road,
Altho you bend beneath a load
   Of sorrow,
Your hope-lit eyes shall surely see
A rainbow sweep eternity
   Tomorrow.


Prejudice

The World is dark,
I cannot see my way!
Eternal clouds
Obscure the light of day--
I seek a break, a rift, a litttle space,
There to behold
One God-illumined place! 


Published in The Messenger, July 1925

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