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

T. Thomas Fortune, "I Make My Bed of Roses" (1905)

T. Thomas Fortune, "I Make My Bed of Roses" 
(From T. Thomas Fortune's "Dreams of Life")

I make my bed of roses sweet!
I scorn the frowns of envious Fate!
I will my careless song repeat
While 'round may surge contending hate!
For life is what we make it still,
And I am master of my will.
Then let me quaff life's nectar wine
And live, a lord, the passing hour;
The world, and all therein, is mine,
Of fame or wealth or transient power;
For he, indeed, is all supreme
Whose dream of life is all a dream.

Published in Dreams of Life, 1905
Also published in Colored American Magazine, July 1907

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