Poem of the day

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jessieToday’s poem of the day is by Jessie Redmon Fauset.  She is best noted for serving as the literary editor of The Crisis  under W.E.B. Du Bois From 1919 to 1926 . Jessie Redmon Fauset was also the first African American Woman to join Phi Beta Kappa.  Although, she was a teacher throughout her lifetime she has contributed a large multitude of literary works including  four novels of her own.

Lolotte, Who Attires My Hair  by Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961)

Lolotte, who attires my hair,
Lost her lover. Lolotte weeps;
Trails her hand before her eyes;
Hangs her head and mopes and sighs,
Mutters of the pangs of hell.
Fills the circumambient air
With her plaints and her despair.
Looks at me:
‘May you never know, Mam’selle
Love’s harsh cruelty.’
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