Countee Cullen

(30 May 1903 – 9 January 1946 / New York)

Countee Cullen Poems

1. Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds 3/29/2010
2. Uncle Jim 3/29/2010
3. Karenge Ya Marenge 3/29/2010
4. In Memory Of Col. Charles Young 3/29/2010
5. Lines To My Father 3/29/2010
6. She Of The Dancing Feet Sings 3/29/2010
7. To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time 3/29/2010
8. Thoughts In A Zoo 3/29/2010
9. Song In Spite Of Myself 3/29/2010
10. To A Brown Boy 3/29/2010
11. I Have A Rendezvous With Life 3/29/2010
12. Tableau 3/29/2010
13. Harlem Wine 3/29/2010
14. That Bright Chimeric Beast 1/3/2003
15. The Shroud Of Color 1/20/2003
16. To Certain Critics 1/3/2003
17. Simon The Cyrenian Speaks 1/3/2003
18. The Loss Of Love 1/3/2003
19. Yet Do I Marvel 1/3/2003
20. For A Lady I Know 1/3/2003
21. Saturday's Child 1/3/2003
22. For A Poet 1/3/2003
23. Fruit Of The Flower 1/3/2003
24. Heritage 1/20/2003
25. From The Dark Tower 1/3/2003
26. The Wise 1/3/2003
27. A Brown Girl Dead 10/6/2003
28. Incident 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Countee Cullen


Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.

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The Shroud Of Color

"Lord, being dark," I said, "I cannot bear
The further touch of earth, the scented air;
Lord, being dark, forewilled to that despair
My color shrouds me in, I am as dirt
Beneath my brother's heel; there is a hurt
In all the simple joys which to a child
Are sweet; they are contaminate, defiled
By truths of wrongs the childish vision fails
To see; too great a cost this birth entails.

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