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

Lewis Alexander, "Escape" (1928)

I turned to the world for silence
   But only turmoil kept 
The very hills and valleys 
   Where beauty once had crept.

I turned to my heart for silence
   I did not find it there,
For therein were the tyrants
   Sorrow and despair.

I turned to my soul for silence--
   There like a pensive pool
Was silence like a king in state
   Calm, serene, and cool. 

Published in Black Opals, June 1928

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