LONG have I beat with timid hands
upon life's leaden door,
Praying the patient, futile prayer
my fathers prayed before,
Yet I remain without the close, unheeded and unheard
And never to my listening ear
is borne the waited word.
Soft o'er the threshold of the years there comes this counsel cool
The strong demand, contend, prevail; the beggar is a fool!
Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880 - 1966)
Georgia Douglas Johnson is best remembered as one of the foremost female playwright and doyen
of the Harlem Renaissance
. A powerful poet as well, she died on May 14, 1966. The Suppliant
is from her 1922 book Bronze: a book of verse
Public domain text taken from The Poets’ Corner: