After the Winters (1919)

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After the Winters  (1919) 
by Claude McKay

First published in The Liberator, Vol. 2 No.7 July 1917, republished in Workers' Dreadnought Vol VI No. 24, p.1455.


After the Winters


Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
     And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
     Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
     Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire the shafted grove
     And wide-mouthed orchids smile.

And we will seek the quiet hill
     Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
     And works the droning bee.
And we will build a lonely nest
     Beside an open glade,
and there forever we will rest,
     O love–O nut-brown maid.




This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.


The author died in 1948, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.