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Arna Bontemps - God Give to Men

God give the yellow man
an easy breeze at blossom time.
Grant his eager, slanting eyes to cover
every land and dream
of afterwhile. 

Give blue-eyed men their swivel chairs
to whirl in tall buildings.
Allow them many ships at sea,
and on land, soldiers
and policemen.

For black man, God,
no need to bother more
but only fill afresh his meed
of laughter,
his cup of tears.

God suffer little men
the taste of soul's desire.

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Poet: Arna Bontemps
Poem: God Give to Men
Poem of the Day: Aug 28 2000

Comment 6 of 6, added on May 15th, 2009 at 1:42 PM.

This poem represents the oppression put on the black man that we were never given anything but we still stride for greatness and ask the lord to hear our cries

Calvin from United States
Comment 5 of 6, added on March 24th, 2009 at 1:59 AM.

i found this poem quiet interesting to do my English assignment.

Hanan from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on May 17th, 2008 at 1:17 AM.

This is one of many deep poems I have read in quite some time. It characterizes men of all races and it speaks truth even today. It is evident that the same still holds true today - through all the struggles that the Black American man has endured. When will this world as we know it will make every man equal (Rhetorical question). I love how he talked about how this world is shaped and molded people into thinking about the different races. My how some things never change. GOD help us all!

Kat from United States

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