James Weldon Johnson

(1871-1938 / Florida/United States)

James Weldon Johnson Poems

1. To Horace Bumstead 4/2/2010
2. Voluptas 4/2/2010
3. Possum Song 4/2/2010
4. Venus In The Garden 4/2/2010
5. Vashti 4/2/2010
6. Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl An' De Moon 4/2/2010
7. Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey 4/2/2010
8. The Temptress 4/2/2010
9. O Southland! 4/2/2010
10. Omar 4/2/2010
11. The Rivals 4/2/2010
12. Sleep 4/2/2010
13. The Ghost Of Deacon Brown 4/2/2010
14. Life 4/2/2010
15. The Seasons 4/2/2010
16. The Glory Of The Day Was In Her Face 4/2/2010
17. The Suicide 4/2/2010
18. The Color Sergeant 4/2/2010
19. The White Witch 4/2/2010
20. Sonnet 4/2/2010
21. You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy De Same 4/2/2010
22. The Word Of An Engineer 4/2/2010
23. The Young Warrior 4/2/2010
24. Sence You Went Away 4/2/2010
25. The Gift To Sing 4/2/2010
26. O Black And Unknown Bards 4/2/2010
27. Morning, Noon And Night 4/2/2010
28. Mother Night 4/2/2010
29. Lazy 4/2/2010
30. The Reward 4/2/2010
31. The Black Mammy 4/2/2010
32. Prayer At Sunrise 4/2/2010
33. To America 4/2/2010
34. Ghosts Of The Old Year 4/2/2010
35. The Awakening 4/2/2010
36. Her Eyes Twin Pools 4/2/2010
37. July In Georgy 4/2/2010
38. De Little Pickaninny's Gone To Sleep 4/2/2010
39. The Prodigal Son 4/2/2010
40. Down By The Carib Sea 4/2/2010
Best Poem of James Weldon Johnson

The Creation

And God stepped out on space,
And he looked around and said:
I'm lonely--
I'll make me a world.

And far as the eye of God could see
Darkness covered everything,
Blacker than a hundred midnights
Down in a cypress swamp.

Then God smiled,
And the light broke,
And the darkness rolled up on one side,
And the light stood shining on the other,
And God said: That's good!

Then God reached out and took the light in his hands,
And God rolled the light around in his hands
Until he made the sun;
And he set that sun a-blazing in the heavens.
And...

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Go Down, Death

Weep not, weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.
Heart-broken husband--weep no more;
Grief-stricken son--weep no more;
Left-lonesome daughter --weep no more;
She only just gone home.

Day before yesterday morning,

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