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

Willis Richardson, "The After Thought" (1923)

Oh that last night I said I did not care,
But I was fretful from an angry sting;
And in my petulance was unaware 
Of what great change a few hours' thought would bring.
Now you are gone, my days are bleak and long
And vacant as a sail-deserted sea;
Silent is my poor heart's divinest song,
Dead all those dreams of hope that lived with me. 

Published in The Crisis, June 1923

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