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

Helene Johnson, "Trees at Night" (1925)

Given Honorable Mention 
[Opportunity poetry prize, 1925]

Slim Sentinels
Stretching lacy arms 
About a slumbrous moon;
Black quivering
Stencilled on the petal
Of a bluebell;
Ink spluttered
On a robin's breast'
The jagged rent
Of mountains 
Reflected in a 
Stilly sleeping lake;
Fragile pinnacles
Of fairy castles;
Torn webs of shadows;
Printed 'gainst the sky--
The trembling beauty
Of an urgent pine. 

Publsihed in Opportunity, May 1925

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