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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "The Black Runner" (1928)

I'm awake, I'm away!
I have jewels in trust,
They are rights of the soul
That are holy and just;
There are deeds to be done,
There are goals to be won,
I am stripped for the race
In the glare of the sun.
I am throbbing with faith,
I can! And I must!
My forehead to God—
My feet in the dust.

Published in Carolina Magazine, May 1928

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