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Black Woman

Don’t knock at my door, little child,
     I cannot let you in,
You know not what a world this is
     Of cruelty and sin.
Wait in the still eternity
     Until I come to you,
The world is cruel, cruel, child,
     I cannot let you in!

Don’t knock at my heart, little one,
     I cannot bear the pain
Of turning deaf-ear to your call
     Time and time again!
You do not know the monster men
     Inhabiting the earth,
Be still, be still, my precious child,
     I must not give you birth!

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on June 8, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“Black Woman” was published in Bronze: a book of verses (B. J. Brimmer, 1922).

Author


Georgia Douglas Johnson

Georgia Douglas Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in the late nineteenth century. 

Date Published: 1922-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/black-woman