Melvin Beaunorus Tolson

(February 6, 1898 – August 29, 1966 / Moberly, Missouri)

Rendezvous With America

I

Time unhinged the gates
Of Plymouth Rock and Jamestown and Ellis Island,
And worlds of men with hungers of body and soul
Hazarded the wilderness of waters,
Cadenced their destinies
With the potters'-wheeling miracles
Of mountain and valley, prairie and river.

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