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

I. Dwight Fairfield, "The Ideal" (1907)

I. Dwight Fairfield, "The Ideal" (1907)

When I hear a youth expand,
"I have such an ideal friend,"
I think, while I silent keep,
Just another dreamer sleep.

When I hear a youth say, "He
Sore has disappointed me,"
I think, ere the next word spoke,
Just another sleeper woke.

When I hear a youth declare,
Men are friendly-friends are rare,"
Then I open wide my eyes,
For I know that youth is wise.

Published in Colored American Magazine, April 1907

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