James Weldon Johnson

(1871-1938 / Florida/United States)

James Weldon Johnson Poems

41. Sonnet 4/2/2010
42. The Awakening 4/2/2010
43. The Black Mammy 4/2/2010
44. The Color Sergeant 4/2/2010
45. The Creation 1/20/2003
46. The Ghost Of Deacon Brown 4/2/2010
47. The Gift To Sing 4/2/2010
48. The Glory Of The Day Was In Her Face 4/2/2010
49. The Prodigal Son 4/2/2010
50. The Reward 4/2/2010
51. The Rivals 4/2/2010
52. The Seasons 4/2/2010
53. The Suicide 4/2/2010
54. The Temptress 4/2/2010
55. The White Witch 4/2/2010
56. The Word Of An Engineer 4/2/2010
57. The Young Warrior 4/2/2010
58. To America 4/2/2010
59. To Horace Bumstead 4/2/2010
60. Vashti 4/2/2010
61. Venus In The Garden 4/2/2010
62. Voluptas 4/2/2010
63. You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy De Same 4/2/2010

Comments about James Weldon Johnson

  • Allyson (12/13/2017 12:08:00 PM)

    I love poetry and James' poetry is amazingly beautiful.

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  • 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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