Threnody of a Brown Girl

  • Threnody for a Brown Girl

  • Countee Cullen

    Weep not,

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  • You who love her.

  • Place your flowers

  • Above her

  • And go your way

  • Only I shall stay.

  • Countee Cullen

    After you have gone

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  • With grief in your hearts,

  • I will remove the flowers

  • You laid above her.

  • Yes, I who love her.

  • Countee Cullen

    Do not weep,

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  • Friends and lovers.

  • Countee Cullen

    (Oh, the scent of flowers in the air!

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  • Oh, the beauty of her body there!)

  • Countee Cullen

    Gently now lay your flowers down.

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  • When the last mourner has gone

  • And I have torn

  • Each flower;