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

Raymond Garfield Dandridge, "Opportunity" (1920)


The shackles rend, your hands are free,
You need no longer humb'ly bow
Beneath the lash of tyranny;
Go shape the molten metal now.
Behold! "The Door of Hope," ajar,
And Freedom freely beckoning;
She bids you gaze upon a star,
And veer not from your reckoning!

Published in The Poet and Other Poems, 1920

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