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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
The Heart of a Woman
 
Georgia Douglas Johnson
 
 
THE HEART of a woman goes forth with the dawn,
As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,
Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam
In the wake of those echoes the heart calls home.
 
The heart of a woman falls back with the night,        5
And enters some alien cage in its plight,
And tries to forget it has dreamed of the stars
While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.
 

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