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Poem by Countee Cullen


To a Brown Boy


That brown girl's swagger gives a twitch
To beauty like a Queen,
Lad, never damn your body's itch
When loveliness is seen.

For there is ample room for bliss
In pride in clean brown limbs,
And lips know better how to kiss
Than how to raise white hymns.

And when your body's death gives birth
To soil for spring to crown,
Men will not ask if that rare earth
Was white flesh once, or brown.



Countee Cullen


Countee Cullen's other poems:
  1. She of the Dancing Feet Sings
  2. Youth Sings a Song of Rosebuds
  3. Karenge Ya Marenge
  4. The Wakeupworld
  5. From the Dark Tower


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