Joseph Seamon Cotter

(1861 - 1919)

Joseph Seamon Cotter Poems

1. Sonnet To Negro Soldiers 1/3/2003
2. Supplication 1/3/2003
3. To __________ 1/3/2003
4. Remembrance 1/3/2003
5. To Florence 1/3/2003
6. Then I Would Love You 1/3/2003
7. The Band Of Gideon 1/3/2003
8. Why? 1/3/2003
9. The Goal 1/3/2003
10. Love's Demesne 1/3/2003
11. Theodore Roosevelt 1/3/2003
12. Reward 1/3/2003
13. The Mulatto To His Critics 1/3/2003
14. The Deserter 1/3/2003
15. Rain Music 1/3/2003
16. O, Little David, Play On Your Harp 1/3/2003
17. I Shall Not Die 1/3/2003
18. Compensation 1/3/2003
19. I'M A-Waiting And A-Watching 1/3/2003
20. Inconstancy 1/3/2003
21. November 1/3/2003
22. Ego 1/3/2003
23. I Would Not Tarry If I Could Be Gone 1/3/2003
24. And What Shall You Say? 1/3/2003
25. I Sometimes Wonder If The Mighty God 1/3/2003
26. Looking At A Portrait 1/3/2003
27. A Prayer 1/3/2003
28. Moloch 1/3/2003
29. Memories 1/3/2003
30. Night Winds 1/3/2003
31. A Woman At Her Husband's Grave 1/3/2003
32. Is This The Price Of Love? 1/3/2003
33. And Thou Art One 1/3/2003
34. Love 1/3/2003
35. An April Day 1/3/2003
36. Immortality 1/3/2003
37. Dreams 1/3/2003
38. Africa 1/3/2003
39. Is It Because I Am Black? 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Joseph Seamon Cotter

Is It Because I Am Black?

Why do men smile when I speak,
And call my speech
The whimperings of a babe
That cries but knows not what it wants?
Is it because I am black?

Why do men sneer when I arise
And stand in their councils,
And look them eye to eye,
And speak their tongue?
Is it because I am black?

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Immortality

From your life's blood to coin a trenchant word--
The past, the present and the future's ken
To hold--and weave it to a ringing chord
That sounds within the changing hearts of men.

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