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

Marie Brown Frazier, "Dancing Fool" (1928)

Dancing Fool

By Marie Brown Frazier 

He gazed awed and mute
As she wiggled her body
To the tune of a flute.
Down her bare back
Dark tresses fell
She danced like a demon
On hot coals of hell.
She covered her body
In a veil of pale hue
Because it was black
It shone right through.
"Dance on," he cried.
"Dance on, fool,
To your black feet
Hot coals'll feel cool."

Published in The Messenger, February 1928 

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