African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Gwendolyn B. Bennett, "Hatred" (1926)

Awarded Second Honorable Mention--Poetry Section [Opportunity Poetry Prize, 1926]

I shall hate you 
Like a dart of singing steel
Shot through still air
At even-tide.
Or solemnly
As pines are sobre
When they stand etched
Against the sky.
Hating you shall be a game
Played with cool hands
And slim fingers.
Your heart will yearn
For the lonely splendour
Of the pine tree;
While rekindled fires 
In my eyes
Shall wound you like swift arrows.
Memory will lay its hands
Upon your breast
And you will understand
My hatred. 

Published in Opportunity, June 1926

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