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

Gwendolyn B. Bennett, "Secret" (1927)

SECRET

I SHALL make a song like your hair ...
Gold-woven with shadows green-tinged,
And I shall play with my song
As my fingers might play with your hair.
Deep in my heart
I shall play with my song of you,
Gently. ...
I shall laugh
At its sensitive lustre ...
I shall wrap my song in a blanket,
Blue like your eyes are blue
With tiny shots of silver.
I shall wrap it caressingly,
Tenderly. ...
I shall sing a lullaby
To the song I have made
Of your hair and eyes ...
And you will never know
That deep in my heart
I shelter a song of you
Secretly. ...

Published in Caroling Dusk, 1927