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

Leathe Colvert, "Discovery" (1924)


I have found thee in the soft shadows of twilight
When the stars blink sleepily
At the glowing, defiant Sun-King
Who sinks slowly, reluctantly
Behind the craggy hill tops.
I have heard thee in the still
Silence of early morning
When the new day creeps stealthily
Out of oblivion, to gaze on
Black spires, snorting smoke-stacks
Bent and tired workers.

Published in The Messenger, June 1924