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

Violette Neatly Blackwell, "Childhood's Memory" (1901)

It was a dream, a dream of happiness,
A dream of love, so filled with melody ,
I scarce could breathe for its intensity :
It was a dream that only girlhood dreams .

It came upon me in the month of June,
   When all the birds were singing in the air,
   And Nature was her loveliest , and fair :
Oh ! it was sweet, too sweet to end so soon.

I'm older now and wiser, and my dreams,
   Those winged messengers of thoughts,
   Are not so youthful, nor so folly fraught :
They now are dreams that only women dream.

Published in Colored American Magazine, December 1901

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