Friday Night Poetry Corner #222 (The great Georgia Douglas Johnson)

Good evening everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Poetry Corner. Tonight, with the continuing Black History Month, this amazing poet who I accidentally stumbled upon name Georgia Douglas Johnson. I was happy I did. I’m gonna showcase two of her poems and I know for a fact you will enjoy them. Please look up some more her poems. They are timeless in history.

Black Woman

Georgia Douglas Johnson – 1880-1966

Don’t knock at my door, little child,
     I cannot let you in,
You know not what a world this is
     Of cruelty and sin.
Wait in the still eternity
     Until I come to you,
The world is cruel, cruel, child,
     I cannot let you in!

Don’t knock at my heart, little one,
     I cannot bear the pain
Of turning deaf-ear to your call
     Time and time again!
You do not know the monster men
     Inhabiting the earth,
Be still, be still, my precious child,
     I must not give you birth!

I Want to Die While You Love Me

Georgia Douglas Johnson – 1880-1966

I want to die while you love me,

While yet you hold me fair,

While laughter lies upon my lips

And lights are in my hair.

I want to die while you love me,

And bear to that still bed,

Your kisses turbulent, unspent

To warm me when I’m dead.

I want to die while you love me

Oh, who would care to live

Till love has nothing more to ask

And nothing more to give?

I want to die while you love me

And never, never see

The glory of this perfect day

Grow dim or cease to be!

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