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The Rivals The Rivals

The Rivals
Look heah! Is I evah tole you 'bout de curious way I won Anna Liza? Say, I nevah? Well heah's how de thing wuz done. Lize, you know, wuz mighty purty--dat's been forty yeahs ago-- 'N 'cos to look at her dis minit, you might'n spose dat it wuz so. She wuz jes de greates' 'traction in de county, 'n bless de lam'! Eveh darkey wuz a-co'tin, but it lay 'twix me an' Sam. You know Sam. We both wuz wukin' on de... Poems - Post by : ksmason - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3095

De Little Pickaninny's Gone To Sleep De Little Pickaninny's Gone To Sleep

De Little Pickaninny's Gone To Sleep
Cuddle down, ma honey, in yo' bed, Go to sleep an' res' yo' little head, Been a-kind o' ailin' all de day? Didn't have no sperit fu' to play? Never min'; to-morrer, w'en you wek, Daddy's gwine to ride you on his bek, 'Roun' an' roun' de cabin flo' so fas'-- Der! He's closed his little eyes at las'. De little pickaninny's gone to sleep, Cuddled in his trundle bed so tiny,... Poems - Post by : SlikvikGG - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 2180

An Explanation An Explanation

An Explanation
Look heah! 'Splain to me de reason Why you said to Squire Lee, Der wuz twelve ole chicken thieves In dis heah town, includin' me. Ef he tole you dat, my brudder, He said sump'n dat warn't true; W'at I said wuz dis, dat der wuz Twelve, widout includin' you. Oh!...!--(The end)James Weldon Johnson's poem: Explanation... Poems - Post by : chrisknight - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3357

Brer Rabbit, You's De Cutes' Of 'em All Brer Rabbit, You's De Cutes' Of 'em All

Brer Rabbit, You's De Cutes' Of 'em All
Once der was a meetin' in de wilderness, All de critters of creation dey was dar; Brer Rabbit, Brer 'Possum, Brer Wolf, Brer Fox, King Lion, Mister Terrapin, Mister B'ar. De question fu' discussion was, "Who is de bigges' man?" Dey 'pinted ole Jedge Owl to decide; He polished up his spectacles an' put 'em on his nose, An' to the question slowly he replied: "Brer Wolf am mighty cunnin', Brer Fox am mighty... Poems - Post by : German_Girl - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 1229

'possum Song 'possum Song

'possum Song
(A Warning) 'Simmons ripenin' in de fall, You better run, Brudder 'Possum, run! Mockin' bird commence to call, You better run, Brudder 'Possum, git out de way! You better run, Brudder 'Possum, git out de way! Run some whar an' hide! Ole moon am sinkin' Down behin' de tree. Ole Eph am thinkin' An' chuckelin' wid glee. Ole Tige am blinkin' An'... Poems - Post by : limbei - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 2680

The Seasons The Seasons

The Seasons
W'en de leaves begin to fall, An' de fros' is on de ground, An' de 'simmons is a-ripenin' on de tree; W'en I heah de dinner call, An' de chillen gadder 'round, 'Tis den de 'possum is de meat fu' me. W'en de wintertime am pas' An' de spring is come at las', W'en de good ole summer sun begins to shine; Oh! my thoughts den tek a turn, An' my... Poems - Post by : rgunnltd - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3648

Dat Gal O' Mine Dat Gal O' Mine

Dat Gal O' Mine
Skin as black an' jes as sof' as a velvet dress, Teeth as white as ivory--well dey is I guess. Eyes dat's jes as big an' bright as de evenin' star; An' dat hol' some sort o' light lublier by far. Hair don't hang 'way down her back; plaited up in rows; Wid de two en's dat's behin' tied wid ribben bows. Han's dat raly wuz'n made fu' hard work, I'm sho'; Got a little bit o' foot; weahs a... Poems - Post by : Waunita2 - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 2764

Answer To Prayer Answer To Prayer

Answer To Prayer
Der ain't no use in sayin' de Lawd won't answer prah; If you knows how to ax Him, I knows He's bound to heah. De trouble is, some people don't ax de proper way, Den w'en dey git's no answer dey doubts de use to pray. You got to use egzac'ly de 'spressions an' de words To show dat 'tween yo' faith an' works, you 'pends on works two-thirds. Now, one time I remember--jes how long I won't say-- I... Poems - Post by : istana - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 2506

A Banjo Song A Banjo Song

A Banjo Song
W'en de banjos wuz a-ringin', An' de darkies wuz a-singin', Oh, wuzen dem de good times sho! All de ole folks would be chattin', An' de pickaninnies pattin', As dey heah'd de feet a-shufflin' 'cross de flo'. An' how we'd dance, an' how we'd sing! Dance tel de day done break. An' how dem banjos dey would ring, An' de cabin flo' would shake! Come along, come along,... Poems - Post by : rayzbiz.com - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 1964

July In Georgy July In Georgy

July In Georgy
I'm back down in ole Georgy w'ere de sun is shinin' hot, W'ere de cawn it is a-tasslin', gittin' ready fu' de pot; W'ere de cott'n is a-openin' an' a-w'itenin' in de sun, An' de ripenin' o' de sugah-cane is mighty nigh begun. An' de locus' is a-singin' f'om eveh bush an' tree, An' you kin heah de hummin' o' de noisy bumblebee; An' de mule he stan's a-dreamin' an' a-dreamin' in de lot, An' de sun it is a-shinin'... Poems - Post by : eplatinumteam - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 1413

A Plantation Bacchanal A Plantation Bacchanal

A Plantation Bacchanal
W'en ole Mister Sun gits tiah'd a-hangin' High up in de sky; W'en der ain't no thunder and light'nin' a-bangin', An' de crap's done all laid by; W'en yo' bones ain't achin' wid de rheumatics, Den yo' ride de mule to town, Git a great big jug o' de ole corn juice, An' w'en you drink her down-- Jes lay away ole Trouble,... Poems - Post by : kelton - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 1572

You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy Jes De Same You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy Jes De Same

You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy Jes De Same
(Lullaby) Shet yo' eyes, ma little pickaninny, go to sleep Mammy's watchin' by you all de w'ile; Daddy is a-wukin' down in de cott'n fiel', Wukin' fu' his little honey child. An' yo' mammy's heart is jes a-brimmin' full o' lub Fu' you f'om yo' head down to yo' feet; Oh, no mattah w'at some othah folks may t'ink o' you, To yo' mammy's heart you's mighty sweet. You's sweet to yo' mammy jes... Poems - Post by : superpats - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3271

Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl And De Moon Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl And De Moon

Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl And De Moon
(A Negro Serenade) De river is a-glistenin' in de moonlight, De owl is set'n high up in de tree; De little stars am twinklin' wid a sof' light, De night seems only jes fu' you an' me. Thoo de trees de breezes am a-sighin', Breathin' out a sort o' lover's croon, Der's nobody lookin' or a-spyin', Nobody but de owl an' de moon. Nobody's lookin' but de owl an' de moon,... Poems - Post by : wm-graham - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 1144

Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey

Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey
(Negro Love Song) Breeze a-sighin' and a-blowin', Southern summer night. Stars a-gleamin' and a-glowin', Moon jes shinin' right. Strollin', like all lovers do, Down de lane wid Lindy Lou; Honey on her lips to waste; 'Speck I'm gwine to steal a taste. Oh, ma lady's lips am like de honey, Ma lady's lips am like de rose; An' I'm jes like de... Poems - Post by : BEEMAN - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3129

Sence You Went Away Sence You Went Away

Sence You Went Away
Seems lak to me de stars don't shine so bright, Seems lak to me de sun done loss his light, Seems lak to me der's nothin' goin' right, Sence you went away. Seems lak to me de sky ain't half so blue, Seems lak to me dat ev'ything wants you, Seems lak to me I don't know what to do, Sence you went away. Seems lak to me dat... Poems - Post by : pallino - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 786

The Reward The Reward

The Reward
No greater earthly boon than this I crave, That those who some day gather 'round my grave, In place of tears, may whisper of me then, "He sang a song that reached the hearts of men."(The end)James Weldon Johnson's poem: Reward... Poems - Post by : trafficguy - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 2556

Vashti Vashti

Vashti
I sometimes take you in my dreams to a far-off land I used to know, Back in the ages long ago; a land of palms and languid streams.A land, by night, of jeweled skies, by day, of shores that glistened bright,Within whose arms, outstretched and white, a sapphire sea lay crescent-wise. Where twilight fell like silver floss rose the golden moon half-hid Behind a shadowy pyramid; a land beneath the Southern Cross.And there the days dreamed in their flight, each one a poem chanted through, Which at its... Poems - Post by : Lisa_Preston - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3447

Venus In A Garden Venus In A Garden

Venus In A Garden
'Twas at early morning, The dawn was blushing in her purple bed, When in a sweet, embowered garden She, the fairest of the goddesses, The lovely Venus, Roamed amongst the roses white and red. She sought for flowers To make a garland For her golden head. Snow-white roses, blood-red roses, In that sweet garden close, Offered incense to the goddess: Both the white and the... Poems - Post by : Jason_Gazaway - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 2633

Beauty That Is Never Old Beauty That Is Never Old

Beauty That Is Never Old
When buffeted and beaten by life's storms, When by the bitter cares of life oppressed, I want no surer haven than your arms, I want no sweeter heaven than your breast. When over my life's way there falls the blight Of sunless days, and nights of starless skies; Enough for me, the calm and steadfast light That softly shines within your loving eyes. The world, for me, and all the world can hold Is... Poems - Post by : Spaced_Cadet - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3054

The Awakening The Awakening

The Awakening
I dreamed that I was a rose That grew beside a lonely way, Close by a path none ever chose, And there I lingered day by day. Beneath the sunshine and the show'r I grew and waited there apart, Gathering perfume hour by hour, And storing it within my heart, Yet, never knew, Just why I waited there and grew. I dreamed that you were a bee... Poems - Post by : success101 - Date : October 2011 - Author : James Weldon Johnson - Read : 3707