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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Soul's Easter" (1925)

Something has died when the lily lifts
The shaft of its God-turned head,
Something has faded and perished that now
Lies under the lily's door dead.

Something has died when the heart exhales
Its attar of roses rare;
Bow at the tomb when the soul leaps forth
A flame on the midnight air!

Published in The Crisis, April 1925

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