James Weldon Johnson

(1871-1938 / Florida/United States)

James Weldon Johnson Poems

41. Sonnet 4/2/2010
42. The Awakening 4/2/2010
43. The Black Mammy 4/2/2010
44. The Color Sergeant 4/2/2010
45. The Creation 1/20/2003
46. The Ghost Of Deacon Brown 4/2/2010
47. The Gift To Sing 4/2/2010
48. The Glory Of The Day Was In Her Face 4/2/2010
49. The Prodigal Son 4/2/2010
50. The Reward 4/2/2010
51. The Rivals 4/2/2010
52. The Seasons 4/2/2010
53. The Suicide 4/2/2010
54. The Temptress 4/2/2010
55. The White Witch 4/2/2010
56. The Word Of An Engineer 4/2/2010
57. The Young Warrior 4/2/2010
58. To America 4/2/2010
59. To Horace Bumstead 4/2/2010
60. Vashti 4/2/2010
61. Venus In The Garden 4/2/2010
62. Voluptas 4/2/2010
63. You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy De Same 4/2/2010
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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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A Banjo Song

W'en de banjos wuz a-ringin',
An' de darkies wuz a-singin',
Oh, wuzen dem de good times sho!
All de ole folks would be chattin',
An' de pickaninnies pattin',
As dey heah'd de feet a-shufflin' 'cross de flo'.

An' how we'd dance, an' how we'd sing!
Dance tel de day done break.

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