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Scintilla

About this Poem 

This poem was originally published in The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922).

Scintilla

I kissed a kiss in youth
   Upon a dead man’s brow;
And that was long ago,—
   And I’m a grown man now,
 
It’s lain there in the dust,
   Thirty years and more;—
My lips that set a light
   At a dead man’s door.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on July 15, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on July 15, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.