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

The Choice

O you would clothe me in silken frocks

And house me from the cold,
And bind with bright bands my glossy locks

And buy me chains of gold;

And give me meekly to do my will

The hapless sons of men:
But the wild goat bounding on the barren hill

Droops in the grassy pen.

(First appears in "Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems" (1921). Reprinted as "The Wild Goat" in "Harlem Shadows")
(Edited and Proofread by Amardeep Singh)

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