The Suppliant

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.

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Public domain text taken from The Poets’ Corner:
http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/2001/johnson0101.html


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