Harlem Shadows/After the Winter

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Harlem Shadows  (1922)  by Claude McKay
After the Winter

This was published in The Liberator, Vol. 2 No. 7, Jul 1919

AFTER THE WINTER


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 to 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 cottage there
Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
And ferns that never fade.