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

Joseph S. Cotter, "Whatever Road" (1920)

Why I should grieve on a cheery day?
For why fate lessens my scanty fare
And flicks each light on my pilgrim's way,
I do not know or care.

I will suppose that fate is just,
I will suppose that grief is wise,
And I will tread what path I must,
To enter Paradise.

Published in The Crisis, May 1920

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