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

W.E.B. Du Bois, "Poem (O Star-kissed drifting...)" (1926)

O Star-kissed drifting from above.
On misty moonbeams, sunshine shod,
Dim daughter of the lips of God,
To me and angels—Thou art Love!

O Earth-dipped raining joy, and rife
With all still wonders that abide,
Ghost Mother to the Time and Tide,
To me and faery—Thou art Life.

In love and life, in wrack and ruth
A whisper on the road to hell.
High heaven's herald, ringing well
Dear Death's destruction—Thou art Truth.

Published in Palms, October 1926