Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Rain Music : a poem

A beautiful poem written by a Black poet named Joseph S. Cotter Jr in the early 1900's. Cotter passed away at the young age of 24, but his wonderful works still live on.  Read more of his poems here .


N the dusty earth-drum
Beats the falling rain;
Now a whispered murmur,
Now a louder strain.
Slender, silvery drumsticks,
On an ancient drum,
Beat the mellow music
Bidding life to come.
Chords of earth awakened,
Notes of greening spring,
Rise and fall triumphant
Over every thing.
Slender, silvery drumsticks
Beat the long tattoo --
God, the Great Musician,
Calling life anew.

by: Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. (1895-1919)

"Rain Music" is reprinted from The Book of American Negro Poetry. Ed. James Weldon Johnson. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.

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