James Weldon Johnson

(1871-1938 / Florida/United States)

James Weldon Johnson Poems

41. The Prodigal Son 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. From The Spanish Of Placido 4/2/2010
49. Fifty Years (1863-1913) 4/2/2010
50. And The Greatest Of These Is War 4/2/2010
51. Deep In The Quiet Wood 4/2/2010
52. Brothers 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. An Explanation 4/2/2010
57. A Poet To His Baby Son 4/2/2010
58. Fragment 4/2/2010
59. A Mid-Day Dreamer 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

Comments about James Weldon Johnson

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

    this suck sooo hard that it skeeted

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  • 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.

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Listen, Lord: A Prayer

O Lord, we come this morning
Knee-bowed and body-bent
Before Thy throne of grace.
O Lord--this morning--
Bow our hearts beneath our knees,
And our knees in some lonesome valley.
We come this morning--
Like empty pitchers to a full fountain,
With no merits of our own.

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