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

Lewis Alexander, "Transformation" (1927)


I BETURN the bitterness,
   Which you gave to me;
When I wanted loveliness
   Tantalant and free.

I return the bitterness
   It is washed by tears;
Now it is a loveliness
   Garnished through the years.

I return it loveliness,
   Having made it so;
For I wore the bitterness
   From it long ago.

Published in Caroling Dusk1927
Also published in Opportunity, June 1927

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