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

J. Alpheus Butler, "The Dark Flower" (1928)

The Dark Flower

By J. Alpheus Butler

She hath a tinted aura all about her pretty head
And all her thoughts are gentle sighs to soothe the wide world's wound:
The golden glow of sunset is ensconced about her for,
Her gown of dawn and dusk hue is the fairest ever found.

Sunlight she knows, but dawn and dusk are periods which she loves
And through the August evenings while we hear her gentle croon
The world without is Beauty and the world within is Joy.
And she seals her song with kisses and the graces of a rune

Published in The Crisis, October 1928

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