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

Countee Cullen, "Tableau (For Donald Duff)" (1925)

Locked arm in arm they cross the way,
   The black boy and the white,
The golden splendor of the day,
   The sable pride of night.

From lowered blinds the dark folk stare,
   And here the fair folk talk,
Indignant that these two should dare
   In unison to walk.

Oblivious to look and word
   They pass, and see no wonder
That lightning brilliant as a sword
   Should blaze the path of thunder.

Published in Color, 1925
Also published in Survey Graphic, March 1925
Also published in The New Negro: an Interpretation, 1925

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