Countee Cullen

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

Countee Cullen Poems

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

With two white roses on her breasts,
White candles at head and feet,
Dark Madonna of the grave she rests;
Lord Death has found her sweet.

Her mother pawned her wedding ring
To lay her out in white;
She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing
to see herself tonight.

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