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. O Southland! 4/2/2010
9. Omar 4/2/2010
10. The Rivals 4/2/2010
11. Sleep 4/2/2010
12. The Ghost Of Deacon Brown 4/2/2010
13. Life 4/2/2010
14. The Seasons 4/2/2010
15. The Gift To Sing 4/2/2010
16. The Temptress 4/2/2010
17. The Young Warrior 4/2/2010
18. The Glory Of The Day Was In Her Face 4/2/2010
19. The Suicide 4/2/2010
20. The White Witch 4/2/2010
21. You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy De Same 4/2/2010
22. Sence You Went Away 4/2/2010
23. The Color Sergeant 4/2/2010
24. Sonnet 4/2/2010
25. O Black And Unknown Bards 4/2/2010
26. Morning, Noon And Night 4/2/2010
27. Mother Night 4/2/2010
28. The Word Of An Engineer 4/2/2010
29. To America 4/2/2010
30. Prayer At Sunrise 4/2/2010
31. The Reward 4/2/2010
32. The Black Mammy 4/2/2010
33. Lazy 4/2/2010
34. Ghosts Of The Old Year 4/2/2010
35. The Prodigal Son 4/2/2010
36. The Awakening 4/2/2010
37. Down By The Carib Sea 4/2/2010
38. A Banjo Song 4/2/2010
39. July In Georgy 4/2/2010
40. From The German Of Uhland 4/2/2010

Comments about James Weldon Johnson

  • ELOISE BROWN (10/6/2018 11:24:00 AM)

    LOVE THIS POEM REMEMBER IT FROM WHEN I WAS SMALL IN MY CHURCH.

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  • A. Faithful (3/3/2018 6:08:00 PM)

    The Creation was sold in a hardcover book and sold by Hallmark Cards in the 1970's. My mother bought that book for me. I loved it then. I love it now.

  • jackson fineleeder (2/23/2018 8:25:00 AM)

    this suck sooo hard that it skeeted

  • Allyson (12/13/2017 12:08:00 PM)

    I love poetry and James' poetry is amazingly beautiful.

  • Zoila T. Flores Zoila T. Flores (3/15/2014 10:42:00 PM)

    The Creation is the most original and creative poem that reflects Mr.Johnson's most precious talent. I love it!

  • E Winger (5/21/2010 5:17:00 PM)

    I learned The Creation in high school in approximately 1966 - I have never forgotten it - back then, I had typed it out on a typewriter and it is still on my bookshelf. One of my most favorite poems ever.

  • Bill Vogt (10/31/2005 11:40:00 AM)

    James Weldon Johnson is one of the best poets in America's past.

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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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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