Poem-A-Day

Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets. The series highlights classic poems on weekends. Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is now distributed via email, web, and social media to 300,000+ readers free of charge and is available for syndication by King Features.

When I Rise Up

About this Poem 

“When I Rise Up” was published in Bronze: A Book of Verses (B.J. Brimmer Company, 1922).

When I Rise Up

Georgia Douglas Johnson, 1880 - 1966

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.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on August 1, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on August 1, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

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