One wants a teller in a time like this

One’s not a man, one’s not a woman grown
To bear enormous business all alone.

One cannot walk this winding street with pride
Straight-shouldered, tranquil-eyed,
Knowing one knows for sure the way back home.
One wonders if one has a home.

One is not certain if or why or how.
One wants a Teller now:

Put on your rubbers and you won’t catch a cold
Here’s hell, there’s heaven. Go to Sunday School
Be patient, time brings all good things–(and cool
Stong balm to calm the burning at the brain?)
Behold,
Love’s true, and triumphs; and God’s actual.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Gwendolyn Brooks's poem One Wants A Teller In A Time Like This

2 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Amos says:

    Mama say days was gona change, fire in the mist of the day, like the story tell, Only safe place in de’ lord house, but like mama I must go on, who gone to tell what tommorow gone bring, I walk de’ dark with the torch of the lord, hoping to make it to the next day, I call on de’ lord my journey take, once it was de’ master now my kin folks. I love this it is such an honor to comment on great authors, it leaves a message beware and alert.

  2. Ariel says:

    I like this poem it has such great meaning it actually inspired me to write…

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