After the Winter-Claude McKay

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This is another poem by one of my favorite poets, Claude McKay. I just discovered it last month as I was selecting poems for my students to analyze. I spent weeks trying to get most of them to understand how beautifully complex and amazing poetry can be. I think this piece did it for a few of them. I hope you all enjoy.

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire to shafted grove
And wide-mouthed orchids smile.

And we will seek the quiet hill
Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
And ferns that never fade.

Claude McKay, 18891948

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