December, 1919

Original Text: 
Harlem Shadows: The Poems of Claude McKay, with an introduction by Max Eastman (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1922): 29. PS 3525 A24785 H3 Robarts Library.
1Last night I heard your voice, mother,
2    The words you sang to me
3When I, a little barefoot boy,
4    Knelt down against your knee.
5And tears gushed from my heart, mother,
6    And passed beyond its wall,
7But though the fountain reached my throat
8    The drops refused to fall.
9'Tis ten years since you died, mother,
10    Just ten dark years of pain,
11And oh, I only wish that I
12    Could weep just once again.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.