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

Gwendolyn B. Bennett, "Street Lamps in Early Spring" (1926)

Night wears a garment,
All velvet soft, all violet blue . . . 
And over her face she draws a veil
As shimmering fine as floating dew . . . 
And here and there
In the black of her hair,
The subtle hands of Night
Move slowly with their gem-starred light. 

Published in Opportunity, May 1926

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