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

William Stanley Braithwaite, "Scintilla" (1915)

I kissed a kiss in youth
   Upon a dead man's brow;
And that was long ago,--
   And I'm a grown man now.

It's lain there in the dust,
   Thirty years and more;--
My lips that set a light
   At a dead man's door. 

Published in The Crisis, April 1915

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