Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance: African American Women Writers 1900-1922

The Potent Hour (Potency)

[Published as "Potency" in The Crisis. August 1919. Also included in Addie Hinton and Kathryn Johnson's Two Colored Women With the American Expeditionary Forces [1920]]

The hour is big with sooth and sign, with errant men at war.
While blood of alien, friend and foe, imbues the land afar,
And we with sable faces pent, move with the vanguard line,
Shod with a faith that springtime keeps and all the stars opine.


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