Claude McKay

(15 September 1889 – 22 May 1948 / Clarendon)

Courage

Poem by Claude McKay

O lonely heart so timid of approach,
Like the shy tropic flower that shuts its lips
To the faint touch of tender finger tips:
What is your word? What question would you broach?

Your lustrous-warm eyes are too sadly kind
To mask the meaning of your dreamy tale,
Your guarded life too exquisitely frail
Against the daggers of my warring mind.

There is no part of the unyielding earth,
Even bare rocks where the eagles build their nest,
Will give us undisturbed and friendly rest.
No dewfall softens this vast belt of dearth.

But in the socket-chiseled teeth of strife,
That gleam in serried files in all the lands,
We may join hungry, understanding hands,
And drink our share of ardent love and life.


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  • Call Me (2/6/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    Nerf Or Nothinmg? My uncle is an engineer and I will have you know I do not accept this. I pray your sin be away and that the paper I am working on will never get done help me.(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel Crippins (1/11/2018 1:05:00 PM)

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  • Colin Kaepernick (1/11/2018 1:05:00 PM)

    dis poem is Like i say kneel worthy it is L to the it my G's peace out yo(Report)Reply

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  • evelin (1/8/2018 8:27:00 PM)

    that is a really good poem god job(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/1/2017 10:32:00 AM)

    There is no part of the unyielding earth,
    Even bare rocks where the eagles build their nest,
    Will give us undisturbed and friendly rest.
    No dewfall softens this vast belt of dearth.

    Beautiful stanza of a lovely poem.
    Thanks for the sharing.
    10+(Report)Reply

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  • Godfrey MorrisGodfrey Morris (7/22/2012 7:50:00 AM)

    'Like the shy tropic flower that shuts its lips
    To the faint touch of tender finger tips: '

    These lines are amazing. Reminds me of the plant shame my lady.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003