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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Toy" (1925)

You deck my doby lavishly,
I'm sleek and overfed;
And yet my soul is perishing,
Denied of daily bread.

You make a plaything of my life,
My every trust betray,
And when I would be penitent,
You kiss my prayers away. 

Published in The Messenger, June 1925

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