Sometimes it seems as though some puppet-player,
A clenched claw cupping a craggy chin
Sits just beyond the border of our seeing,
Twitching the strings with slow, sardonic grin.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on July 26, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
“The Puppet-Player” originally appeared in Negro Poets and Their Poems (Associated Publishers, 1923).
Angelina Weld Grimké
Angelina Weld Grimké, a journalist, playwright, teacher, author, and poet, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1880. She was one of the first African-American women to have one of her plays publicly performed, and was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. She died in New York City in 1958.
Date Published: 1923-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/puppet-player