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

Lillian B. Witten, "Youth Passes" (1920)

Some grimy little newsboys
Got in the car with me,
And each one had a hockey-stick,
And each was filled with glee.
They jostled one another,
Told tales of prowess done;
One of them had a brother
Who outrivalled everyone.
And all the old men's faces,
Around me in the train,
Gazed on the wide green spaces
Of their boyhood's joy again. 

Published in The Crisis, June 1920

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