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Claude McKay (Клод Маккей)


The Tropics in New York


Bananas ripe and green, and ginger-root,
Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Set in the window, bringing memories
Of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical blue skies
In benediction over nun-like hills.

My eyes grew dim, and I could no more gaze;
A wave of longing through my body swept,
And, hungry for the old, familiar ways,
I turned aside and bowed my head and wept.



Claude McKay's other poems:
  1. The Plateau
  2. Thirst
  3. Enslaved
  4. Memorial
  5. O Word I Love to Sing


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