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

Langston Hughes, "Poeme d'Automne" (1926)

The autumn leaves
Are too heavy with color.
The slender trees
On the Vulcan Road
Are dressed in scarlet and gold
Like young courtesans
Waiting for their lovers.
But soon
The winter winds
Will strip their bodies bare
And then
The sharp, sleet-stung
Caresses of the cold
Will be their only

Published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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