Countee Cullen

(30 May 1903 – 9 January 1946 / New York)

Simon The Cyrenian Speaks - Poem by Countee Cullen

He never spoke a word to me,
And yet He called my name;
He never gave a sign to me,
And yet I knew and came.
At first I said, "I will not bear
His cross upon my back;
He only seeks to place it there
Because my skin is black."

But He was dying for a dream,
And He was very meek,
And in His eyes there shone a gleam
Men journey far to seek.

It was Himself my pity bought;
I did for Christ alone
What all of Rome could not have wrought
With bruise of lash or stone.


Comments about Simon The Cyrenian Speaks by Countee Cullen

  • Glen Kappy (6/26/2018 2:31:00 PM)

    Considering the experience of black Americans, the resistance Cullen puts in the mouth of of Simon in the first stanza is understandable. I wonder if Cullen had considered that Jesus himself was a person of color, not the blue-eyed blonde-haired image too common in prints. He probably looked more like an Arab, and the feeling of some in America towards Arabs is akin to the prejudice against black people. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (6/26/2018 2:26:00 PM)

    Beautifully worded, thoughtful saiid. Congratulations of TMPOTD. Good choice of Pôem Hunter Team. Thank you for sharing this piece of story based upon the Holy Bible. I have enjoyed a very lot and have read and reread again. Sure I still will in later days. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/26/2018 4:02:00 AM)

    excellent thoughtful stanza -

    But He was dying for a dream,
    And He was very meek,
    And in His eyes there shone a gleam
    Men journey far to seek.

    great
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/26/2018 2:31:00 AM)

    A Countee Cullen great poem👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Britte Ninad (6/26/2018 1:57:00 AM)

    a strength and submissive line-

    It was Himself my pity bought;
    I did for Christ alone

    nice
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  • Collette Anne Kearns (10/19/2015 11:57:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem. One of the best ever written. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/17/2007 11:51:00 AM)

    omg I TOTALLY AGREE. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSWS. THIS IS THE BEST POEM ON EARTH! ALBERT EINSTEIN COULDNT WRITE A BETTER POEM! .1.1.1.! >>! >! .1>! ! ! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/6/2006 12:28:00 PM)

    This is the BEST POEM EVER WRITTEN IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE! THIS POEM SAYS IT ALL! THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE A POEM THAT CAN EQUAL NOR SURPASS '' SIMON THE CYRENIAN SPEAKS'' BY COUNTEE CULLEN
    IF COUNTEE CULLEN WERE ALIVE AND I WERE PRIVELEDGED ENOUGH TO SPEAK WITH HIM, I WOULD SAY UNTO HIM '' YOU HAVE CAPTURED MY HEART WITH YOUR WORDS, YOU HAVE SEEN INTO THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL! WHEN I READ YOUR POEM, I STOPPED BREATHING, MY HEART STOPPED BEATING AND I EXPERIENCED THE PEACE OF HEAVEN! BRAVO!
    TO YOU MY FRIEND, BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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