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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Song of the Sinner" (1926)

Song of the Sinner 

Just a bit of ashes
Grey, grey ashes--spent--
God! how fierce the fires burned
Down to this content.

Just a bit of ashes,
Not a single spark
Lives in this residuum
Crumbling cold and dark.

Just a bit of ashes--
To the judgment day,
I go with my memories--
Pray, sweet vrigin, pray! 

Published in Palms, October 1926
Also published in An Autumn Love Cycle, 1928