poet James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson

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Beauty That Is Never Old

When buffeted and beaten by life's storms,
When by the bitter cares of life oppressed,
I want no surer haven than your arms,
I want no sweeter heaven than your breast.

When over my life's way there falls the blight
Of sunless days, and nights of starless skies;
Enough for me, the calm and steadfast light
That softly shines within your loving eyes.

The world, for me, and all the world can hold
Is circled by your arms; for me there lies,
Within the lights and shadows of your eyes,
The only beauty that is never old.

Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010

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  • Chestina Mitchell Archibald (10/10/2018 8:27:00 PM)

    Where vanity is replaced with wrinkles and sagging skin, Johnson presents a portrayal of lasting beauty infused with love magnified over time.

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  • zain isaac (8/1/2018 6:06:00 PM)

    i love this poem soooooooo much

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  • Donna (1/17/2018 10:19:00 PM)

    The audio reading of this poem does it no justice.

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