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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
Del Cascar
 
William Stanley Braithwaite
 
 
DEL CASCAR, Del Cascar,
Stood upon a flaming star,
Stood, and let his feet hang down
Till in China the toes turned brown.
 
And he reached his fingers over        5
The rim of the sea, like sails from Dover,
And caught a Mandarin at prayer,
And tickled his nose in Orion’s hair.
 
The sun went down through crimson bars,
And left his blind face battered with stars—        10
But the brown toes in China kept
Hot the tears Del Cascar wept.
 

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