African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Jessie Fauset, "Rencontre" (1924)

My heart that was so passionless
Leapt high last night when I saw you!
Within me surged the grief of years
And whelmed me with its endless rue.
My heart that slept so still, so spent,
Awoke last night,—to break anew!


Published in The Crisis, January 1924

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