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

Lewis Alexander, "Day and Night" (1927)

DAY AND NIGHT

THE day is a Negro
Yelling out of breath.
The night is a Negro
Laughing up to death.
The day is a jazz band
Blasting loud and wild.
The night is a jazz band
Moaning Blues songs, child.
The day is the sunshine
Undressed in the street.
The night is the sunshine
Dressed from head to feet.
I am like a rainbow
Arched across the way.
Yes, I am a rainbow
Being night nor day.

Published in Caroling Dusk1927

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