Claude McKay's Early Poetry (1911-1922): A Digital Collection

Reality


For one soul saved from wreck so many lost;
for one fair flower so many loathsome weeds;
For one calm sea so many tempest-tossed;
One act of love so many hateful deeds.

For one slight ray of hope a million fears;
​One day of peace long bitter years of strife;
One hollow laught a thousand genuine tears;
​Such is the grim reality of life.

​(Workers Dreadnought. April 24, 1920. Signed as Hugh Hope)
(​Edited and Proofread by Amardeep Singh)

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