James Weldon Johnson

(1871-1938 / Florida/United States)

James Weldon Johnson Poems

41. July In Georgy 4/2/2010
42. From The German Of Uhland 4/2/2010
43. Girl Of Fifteen 4/2/2010
44. Dat Gal O' Mine 4/2/2010
45. Brer Rabbit You's De Cutes' Of 'Em All 4/2/2010
46. Before A Painting 4/2/2010
47. From The Spanish 4/2/2010
48. Deep In The Quiet Wood 4/2/2010
49. From The Spanish Of Placido 4/2/2010
50. Fifty Years (1863-1913) 4/2/2010
51. Brothers 4/2/2010
52. And The Greatest Of These Is War 4/2/2010
53. I Hear The Stars Still Singing 4/2/2010
54. Father, Father Abraham 4/2/2010
55. Beauty That Is Never Old 4/2/2010
56. Fragment 4/2/2010
57. An Explanation 4/2/2010
58. A Mid-Day Dreamer 4/2/2010
59. A Poet To His Baby Son 4/2/2010
60. Listen, Lord: A Prayer 1/20/2003
61. Lift Every Voice And Sing 1/20/2003
62. Go Down, Death 1/20/2003
63. The Creation 1/20/2003
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.

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A Mid-Day Dreamer

I love to sit alone, and dream,
And dream, and dream;
In fancy's boat to softly glide
Along some stream
Where fairy palaces of gold
And crystal bright
Stand all along the glistening shore:
A wondrous sight.

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