African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "What Need Have I For Memory?" (1918)

What need have I for memory,
   When not a single flower
Has bloomed within life's desert
   For me, one little hour.
 
What need have I for memory
   Whose burning eyes have met
The corse of unborn happiness
   Winding the trail regret?


Published in The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems, 1918
Also published in Caroling Dusk, 1927