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

J. Taylor Stanley, "The Two Singers" (1928)

A BLACK bird flutters from its nest,
A Black child toddles down its path,
And each is born to sing.
The Black bird neither reaps nor spins,—
A carefree singer in the sun,
It sings a carefree song.
The Black child smiles to dam the tears
And pathos hidden in its face,
And wills to sing or die.

Published in Opportunity, December 1928

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