African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Proving" (1927)

Were you a leper bathed in wounds
   And by the world denied;
I'd share your fatal exile
   As a privilege and a pride.
You are to me the sun, the moon,
   The starlight of my soul,
The sounding motif of my heart,
   The impetus and goal! 


Published in Caroling Dusk, 1927