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Poem by Claude McKay


Sometimes I tremble like a storm-swept flower, 
And seek to hide my tortured soul from thee. 
Bowing my head in deep humility 
Before the silent thunder of thy power. 
Sometimes I flee before thy blazing light, 
As from the specter of pursuing death; 
Intimidated lest thy mighty breath, 
Windways, will sweep me into utter night. 
For oh, I fear they will be swallowed up-- 
The loves which are to me of vital worth, 
My passion and my pleasure in the earth-- 
And lost forever in thy magic cup! 
I fear, I fear my truly human heart 
Will perish on the altar-stone of art!

Claude McKay

Claude McKay's other poems:
  1. La Paloma in London
  2. Subway Wind
  3. The Plateau
  4. One Year After
  5. Memorial

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • James McIntyre Poetry ("Poetry to us is given")
  • Florence Coates Poetry ("One spot of green, watered by hidden streams")
  • George Morris Poetry ("To me the world's an open book")
  • Mortimer Collins Poetry ("Ah, the most ancient time")

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