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

Mae V. Cowdery, "My Body" (1927)

Mae V. Cowdery

My body
Is an ugly thing
Fashioned by God.
My body
Is an empty thing
Made from crumbling sod.

My soul
Is a lovely thing
Fashioned by God.
My soul 
Is a flaming thing
That trampling hordes
Have left untrod. 

Published in Black Opals, Spring 1927

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