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

Helene Johnson, "The Little Love" (1926)

A shy ear bared
For incipient kisses;
A secret shared
In laughter exquisite;
Soft finger tips,
While the night embraces,
Touch passionate colors
That morning erases
And when the Dawn wakens,
No attempt to recapture
Those swift fleeting hours of ecstatic rapture,
But hide the shy ear with a curl, my pet,
And that little secret,-- forget. 

Published in The Messenger, July 1926

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