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

"The Day-Breakers" by Arna Bontemps (in "The New Negro" [1925])


We are not come to wage a strife
With swords upon this hill,
It is not wise to waste the life
Against a stubborn will.
Yet would we die as some have done.
Beating a way for the rising sun.

—Arna Bontemps.

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