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The Monday Poem > "The Gift to Sing" by James Weldon Johnson (12/07/15)

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The Gift to Sing
James Weldon Johnson

Sometimes the mist overhangs my path,
And blackening clouds about me cling;
But, oh, I have a magic way
To turn the gloom to cheerful day—
I softly sing.

And if the way grows darker still,
Shadowed by Sorrow’s somber wing,
With glad defiance in my throat,
I pierce the darkness with a note,
And sing, and sing.

I brood not over the broken past,
Nor dread whatever time may bring;
No nights are dark, no days are long,
While in my heart there swells a song,
And I can sing.


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 05, 2015 07:57AM) (new)

I liked this poem because it reminded me of how uplifting music or a favorite song can be. Enjoy!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks for sharing, Lisa Ann. I really enjoyed this


message 4: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13217 comments Mod
And I do agree: I'm always singing to myself!


message 5: by Gill (new)

Gill | 5720 comments This is a very nice poem, Lisa Ann. Many thanks. I only sing when no one else is about to hear me!


message 6: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Very uplifting! Thanks Lisa Ann, great choice.


message 7: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7511 comments Mod
I enjoyed it Lisa Ann - I like the liveliness and the attitude. If you like Johnson, maybe check out God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse? I hardly remember it since I read it years ago, but I did enjoy it very much when I read it.

He's so different than the other writers I've read that are often associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes' and Claude McKay's fierce political work are what I think of first, but then both McKay and Countee Cullen wrote some fantastically tactile, searingly honest and vibrant love poetry as well, some of it quite daring for the period.


message 8: by Susie (new)

Susie | 179 comments I enjoyed this...thanks for posting!


message 9: by Janessa (new)

Janessa | 638 comments I always listen to music in the morning I find it a great way to start my day.


message 10: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7511 comments Mod
Janessa wrote: "I always listen to music in the morning I find it a great way to start my day."

Me too Janessa!


message 11: by Shirley (new)

Shirley | 4177 comments I really like this one, thanks Lisa Ann. I love singing and can agree with the sentiment here, singing really helps express what's inside of us.


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