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Lost Illusions

Oh, for the veils of my far away youth,
Shielding my heart from the blaze of the truth,
Why did I stray from their shelter and grow
Into the sadness that follows—to know!

Impotent atom with desolate gaze
Threading the tumult of hazardous ways—
Oh, for the veils, for the veils of my youth
Veils that hung low o’er the blaze of the truth!


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem

“Lost Illusions” was published in The Book of American Negro Poetry, edited by James Weldon Johnson (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922). 


Georgia Douglas Johnson

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

Date Published: 2016-07-10

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