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

Jonathan H. Brooks, "A Student I Know" (1927)

He mocks the God invisible
To whom his mother prays;
“What stands on faith for proof is built
On shifting sands,” he says.

To him life ts a heartless game:
“I grapple, fight, defy,”
He says: “the world is his who wins;
The losers, let them dte.”

Ah, greenhorn-pilgrim, duped by thieves
And left to writhe in dirt
Beside the way to Jericho—
Wounded, robbed—and hurt!

Published in Ebony and Topaz, 1927

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