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

Gwendolyn B. Bennett, "Purgation" (1925)

You lived
and your body
Clothed the flames of earth.

Now that the fires have burned away
And left your body cold,
I tremble as I stand
Before the chiseled marble
Of your dust-freed soul. 

Published in Opportunity, February 1925

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