Lullaby By Langston Hughes

Lullaby By Langston Hughes (For a Black Mother) My little dark baby, My little earth-thing, My little love-one, What shall I sing For your lullaby? Stars, Stars, A necklace of stars Winding the night. My little black baby, My dark body’s baby, What shall I sing For your lullaby? Moon, Moon, Great diamond moon, Kissing the […]

Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird By Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird By Wallace Stevens I Among twenty snowy mountains,    The only moving thing    Was the eye of the blackbird.    II I was of three minds,    Like a tree    In which there are three blackbirds.    III The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.    It was a small part of the […]

Grace Storm - Dear Black Child

The Blacksmiths By Anonymous

The Blacksmiths By Anonymous Swarte-smeked smethes, smattered with smoke, Drive me to deth with den of here dintes: Swich nois on nightes ne herd men never, What knavene cry and clattering of knockes! The cammede kongons cryen after ‘Col! Col!’ And blowen here bellewes that all here brain brestes. ‘Huf, puf,’ saith that on, ‘Haf, […]

Now Hollow Fires Burn Out To Black By A. E. Housman

Now Hollow Fires Burn Out To Black By A. E. Housman NOW hollow fires burn out to black,  And lights are guttering low:Square your shoulders, lift your pack,  And leave your friends and go. Oh never fear, man, nought’s to dread,         Look not left nor right:In all the endless road you tread  There’s nothing but the night.  Copyright © by the […]

The Little Black Boy By William Blake

The Little Black Boy By William Blake My mother bore me in the southern wild, And I am black, but O! my soul is white; White as an angel is the English child: But I am black as if bereav’d of light. My mother taught me underneath a tree And sitting down before the heat […]

Written Near A Port On A Dark Evening By Charlotte Smith

Written Near A Port On A Dark Evening By Charlotte Smith Huge vapours brood above the clifted shore, Night on the ocean settles dark and mute, Save where is heard the repercussive roar Of drowsy billows on the rugged foot Of rocks remote; or still more distant tone Of seamen in the anchored bark that […]

Black By Paul Celan Translated By Pierre Joris

Black By Paul Celan Translated By Pierre Joris Black, like the memory-wound, the eyes dig toward you in the by heart-teeth light- bitten crownland, that remains our bed: through this shaft you have to come— you come. In seed- sense the sea stars you out, innermost, forever. The namegiving has an end, over you I cast my […]

O My Black Soul By John Donne

O My Black Soul By John Donne Oh my black Soul! Now thou art summoned By sickness, death’s herald, and champion; Thou art like a pilgrim, which abroad hath done Treason, and durst not turn to whence he is fled, Or like a thief, which till deaths doom be read, Wisheth himself deliver’d from prison; […]

Blackberry Picking By Seamus Heaney

Blackberry Picking By Seamus Heaney Late August, given heavy rain and sunFor a full week, the blackberries would ripen.At first, just one, a glossy purple clotAmong others, red, green, hard as a knot.You ate that first one and its flesh was sweetLike thickened wine: summer’s blood was in itLeaving stains upon the tongue and lust […]

Crossing The Water By Sylvia Plath

Crossing The Water By Sylvia Plath Black lake, black boat, two black, cut-paper people. Where do the black trees go that drink here? Their shadows must cover Canada. A little light is filtering from the water flowers. Their leaves do not wish us to hurry: They are round and flat and full of dark advice. […]