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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Store" (1928)

As a mocking skull,
Come if you will;
Today was mine,
And in its shine
I did distill
Full meed of joy
All fadeless, pure,
Through life's bleak changes to endure:
And as I thread the dim-lit way
Festooned by sorrow,
I bear the smile of yesterday
Into tomorrow!

Published in Carolina Magazine, May 1928

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