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A Brown Girl Dead

Rating: 3.5
With two white roses on her breasts,
White candles at head and feet,
Dark Madonna of the grave she rests;
Lord Death has found her sweet.

Her mother pawned her wedding ring
To lay her out in white;
She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing
to see herself tonight.
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Dr Antony Theodore 06 October 2020
Her mother pawned her wedding ring To lay her out in white; She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing to see herself tonight. a very fine poem. tony
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Mahtab Bangalee 24 May 2019
girl at every stage she is pearl
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Fatehpal Singh Tarney 08 October 2018
Amazing and enviable that CC could evoke such intense emotion in the reader via such a short poem
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Stephanie T Castillo 04 March 2018
This is the reason I continue to thrive in my poetry, one day I'd like to this great!
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Ricky Corona 12 March 2019
I would advise you, Stephanie T Castillo, on correcting your grammar before attempting to achieve the same level of excellence as Countee Cullen. Good luck!
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Pranab K Chakraborty 23 January 2015
It is more than beauty the sense of my dancing facing me alone. Only death could offer us such opportunity. Poet has oriented the beauty with unique sophistication simply with the objects two flowers and candle. Can't I felt while reading the dead is naked with every skin and flesh. It's classic art of representation, perhaps.
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John Richter 23 January 2015
Incredibly sad this - but also incredibly touching.
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Rajnish Manga 23 January 2015
Through this small but sweet poem the poet has paid rich tributes to a poor girl who died very young. The emotion scene before she is laid to rest is extremely moving.
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Andrea Ribeiro 29 November 2010
It is really sad how black women could be so mistreated along the world history...
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James Mclain 04 July 2009
it is an excellent tribute to she whom walks in flames and hides a soul of white..iip
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Kainwo Moses 01 June 2009
Many indeed wait for the occasion of death to express their love. This is so true of my Africa. Cullen has done a great job here but I wonder how many will see this poem...
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