African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Otto Bohanan, "The Awakening" (1914)

A Misty star in a misty sky,
But never a sign of moon!
And the lone star pales to the lonely eye
Mid the heart’s lamenting croon.
A night of years and a night of tears!
Where the rain is sobbing low.
And the wild heart grieves mid the weathered leaves,
Dead dreams of long ago!

Published in The Crisis, August 1914