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

Richard Bruce (Bruce Nugent), "Shadow" (1925)


On the face of the moon

Am I.

A dark shadow in the light.

A silhouette am I
On the face of the moon
Lacking color
Or vivid brightness
But defined all the clearer
I am dark,
Black on the face of the moon.
A shadow am I
Growing in the light,
Not understood
As is the day,
But more easily seen
I am a shadow in the light.

Published in Opportunity, October 1925
Also published in Caroling Dusk, 1927 

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