Wednesday, April 19, 2023

April Is National Poetry Month

Originally entitled, “Pride,” first appeared in Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life in December 1930.


Let all who will

Eat quietly the bread of shame.

I cannot,

Without complaining loud and long,

Tasting its bitterness in my throat,

And feeling to my very soul

It's wrong.

For honest work

You proffer me poor pay,

For honest dreams

Your spit is in my face,

And so my fist is clenched


To strike your face.

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