Countee Cullen

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

To A Brown Boy


That brown girl's swagger gives a twitch
To beauty like a Queen,
Lad, never damn your body's itch
When loveliness is seen.

For there is ample room for bliss
In pride in clean brown limbs,
And lips know better how to kiss
Than how to raise white hymns.

And when your body's death gives birth
To soil for spring to crown,
Men will not ask if that rare earth
Was white flesh once, or brown.

Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (To A Brown Boy by Countee Cullen )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Uneasy Rider, Diane Wakoski
  2. Perfect, Awkward Reality, Simon Quperlier
  3. The Photos, Diane Wakoski
  4. Thank You Dad, Damian Murphy
  5. Change Self Attitude and Find the World .., umaprosad das
  6. Lonely Is Me, Lilly Emery
  7. The Father of My Country, Diane Wakoski
  8. Life May Move, hasmukh amathalal
  9. Baby, You Are Poetry!, PARTHA SARATHI PAUL
  10. Thanking My Mother for Piano Lessons, Diane Wakoski

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]