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

Katherine Gillard, "Just a Little Tired" (1916)

Katharine Gilliard “Just a Little Tired” 

Just a little tired, waiting
Through the night
For the new day to be breaking 
Into light.
Just a little tired, yearning
For the blast 
In the land of no returning
God-and rest.
Just a little tired, trying
Yet again–
To smile and cease the crying 
Through the pain.
Just a little tired, bending
“Neath the rod,
Though the rough, bleak way is wending 
Up to God.
Just a little tired, facing
Blows that fall
Unexpected; tired placing
Trust in all.
Just a little tired, falling–
Blund’ring here.
Ideals gone beyond recalling
Friends once dear. 
Just a little tired, waiting
Through the night 
For the new morn to be breaking
Clear and bright. 

Published in The Crisis. March 1916

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