African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital AnthologyMain MenuFull Text Collection: Books Published by African American Poets, 1870-1927Author Pages: Bios and Full Text CollectionsAreas of Interest: Topics and ThemesThe Beginnings of the Harlem Renaissance: Overview and Timeline of Key EventsBlack Poetry Before the Harlem Renaissance: Overview and TimelinePeriodicals: African American Poetry Published in MagazinesAfrican American Poetry: Anthologies of the 1920sExploring Datasets related to African American poetryAbout This Site: Origins and a Mission StatementFurther Reading / Works CitedAmardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1
I stand upon the haunted plain Of vanished day and year, And ever o'er its gloomy waste Some strange, sad voice I hear. Some voice from out the shadowed Past; And one I call Regret, And one I know is Misspent Hours, Whose memory lingers yet. Then Failure speaks in bitter tones, And Grief, with all its woes; Remorse, whose deep and cruel stings My painful thoughts disclose. Thus do these voices speak to me, And flit like shadows past; My spirit falters in despair, And tears flow thick and fast.
But when, within the wide domain Of Future Day and Year I stand, and o'er its sunlit Plain A sweeter Voice I hear, Which bids me leave the darkened Past And crush its memory,– I'll listen gladly, and obey The Voice of Opportunity.