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

Zora Neale Hurston, "Journey's End" (1922)

Ah! let me rest, when I have done,
Beneath a warming, stirring sun,
Beneath a flower-studded sod
That shows the smiling face of God.

In kindly earth that comfort gave,
A kindly couch where dreams the brave,
Where longing hurries weeping grief,
where halting goes the gilded chief.

Sweet spring will trail a bridal veil,
Grim frost shall lose his howl and wail,
And summer flowers deck my breast 
And sunlight gild me from the west.

But I shall rise with verdant spring,
And I shall speak when song-birds sing, 
And laughing ripple in the streams,
And flit and flicker on the beams.

Ah! let me rest when I have done.
When I my earthly course have run,
And wake me not to shame or blame,
Nor stir my dust with flore of flame. 

 Published in Negro World, April 8, 1922

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