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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
Turn Me to My Yellow Leaves
 
William Stanley Braithwaite
 
 
TURN me to my yellow leaves,
I am better satisfied;
There is something in me grieves—
That was never born, and died.
Let me be a scarlet flame        5
On a windy autumn morn,
I who never had a name,
Nor from breathing image born.
From the margin let me fall
Where the farthest stars sink down,        10
And the void consumes me,—all
In nothingness to drown.
Let me dream my dream entire,
Withered as an autumn leaf—
Let me have my vain desire,        15
Vain—as it is brief.
 

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