Your World

By Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880–1966
Your world is as big as you make it.
I know, for I used to abide
In the narrowest nest in a corner,
My wings pressing close to my side.
 
But I sighted the distant horizon
Where the skyline encircled the sea
And I throbbed with a burning desire
To travel this immensity.
 
I battered the cordons around me
And cradled my wings on the breeze,
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
With rapture, with power, with ease!

Source:
Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art 
(HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2001)

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Poet Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880–1966

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

Subjects Living, Coming of Age, Life Choices, Youth, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Relationships, Home Life, Nature

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Rhymed Stanza

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A member of the Harlem Renaissance, Georgia Douglas Johnson wrote plays, a syndicated newspaper column, and four collections of poetry: The Heart of a Woman (1918), Bronze (1922), An Autumn Love Cycle (1928), and Share My World (1962). Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents of African American, Native American, and English descent. She graduated from Atlanta University Normal College and studied music at the Oberlin . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Coming of Age, Life Choices, Youth, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Relationships, Home Life, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Rhymed Stanza

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