America-Claude McKay

At least once a week during this month I want to share the poetry of one of my favorite poets. Today, it’s Claude McKay. Please bear with me as I try to develop a method for this crazy impromptu idea(yes, I just came up with it today)! I promise to still share my own work throughout the month.

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America
 
by Claude McKay

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate.
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.

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