Two Points of View

From this low-lying valley; Oh, how sweet 
And cool and calm and great is life, I ween, 
There on yon mountain-throne—that sun-gold crest! 

From this uplifted, mighty mountain-seat: 
How bright and still and warm and soft and green
Seems yon low lily-vale of peace and rest! 


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on January 17, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

"Two Points of View" originally appeared in The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922).