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Jessie Fauset, "La Vie C'est La Vie" (1922)
12022-12-13T10:29:38-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12131plain2022-12-13T10:29:38-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1LA VIE C'EST LA VIE
On summer afternoons I sit Quiescent by you in the park, And idly watch the sunbeams gild And tint the ash-trees' bark.
Or else I watch the squirrels frisk And chaffer in the grassy lane; And all the while I mark your voice Breaking with love and pain.
I know a woman who would give Her chance of heaven to take my place; To see the love-light in your eyes, The love-glow on your face!
And there's a man whose lightest word Can set my chilly blood afire; Fulfilment of his least behest Defines my life's desire.
But he will none of me, Nor I Of you. Nor you of her. 'Tis said The world is full of jests like these.-- I wish that I were dead.
Published in The Book of American Negro Poetry, 1922 Also published in Caroling Dusk, 1927