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!
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).
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