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

Jessie Fauset, "The Return" (1919)

I that had found the way so smooth
   With gilly-flowers that beck and nod,
Now find that same road wild and steep
   With need for compass and for rod.
And yet with feet that bleed, I pant
   On blindly--stumbling back to God! 

Published in The Crisis, January 1919
Also published in Palms, October 1926
Also published in Caroling Dusk, 1927