Arna Bontemps

Arna Bontemps

Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps (October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973) was an American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.

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    Yet what I sowed and what the orchard yields
    My brother’s sons are gathering stalk and root,
    Small wonder then my children glean in fields
    They have not sown, and feed on bitter fruit.
    Arna Bontemps (1902–1973)

    There will be better days when I am gone
    And healing pools where I cannot be healed.
    Fragrant stars will gleam forever and ever
    Above the place where I lie desolate.
    Arna Bontemps (1902–1973)

    There is something I have forgotten, some precious thing.
    I shall be seeking ornaments of ivory,
    I shall be dying for a jungle fruit.

    You do not hear, Bethesda.
    O still green water in a stagnant pool!
    Arna Bontemps (1902–1973)

    Yet would we die as some have done:
    Beating a way for the rising sun.
    Arna Bontemps (1902–1973)