Countee Cullen

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

To Certain Critics - Poem by Countee Cullen

Then call me traitor if you must,
Shout reason and default!
Say I betray a sacred trust
Aching beyond this vault.
I'll bear your censure as your praise,
For never shall the clan
Confine my singing to its ways
Beyond the ways of man.

No racial option narrows grief,
Pain is not patriot,
And sorrow plaits her dismal leaf
For all as lief as not.
With blind sheep groping every hill,
Searching an oriflamme,
How shall the shpherd heart then thrill
To only the darker lamb?


Comments about To Certain Critics by Countee Cullen

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/2/2018 10:52:00 PM)


    Beautifully painted. Impressive line is.....
    How shall the shpherd heart then thrill
    To only the darker lamb?
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  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (3/2/2018 5:44:00 PM)


    True various shades in-between of Gray,
    As the heavens if not dark could not then display
    To us all of the star's.. James McLain
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  • (3/2/2018 4:13:00 PM)


    A song beyond the limits of the sinful man, a human condition. voted 10. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/2/2018 3:13:00 PM)


    Sorrow plaits her dismal leaf! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (3/2/2018 12:59:00 PM)


    GREAT~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/2/2018 1:06:00 AM)


    Such a great write by Countee Cullen👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/2/2018 12:40:00 AM)


    Critics always do good criticizing, showing the both sides of the term, ..... well penned (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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