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When I Rise Up

When I rise up above the earth,
And look down on the things that fetter me,
I beat my wings upon the air,
Or tranquil lie,
Surge after surge of potent strength
Like incense comes to me
When I rise up above the earth
And look down upon the things that fetter me.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 10, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“When I Rise Up” was published in Bronze: A Book of Verses (B.J. Brimmer Company, 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/when-i-rise