I will incline mine ear to the parable, and shew my dark speech upon the harpfrom Psalm 49
the poem is "mood" 1929 - but i believe it was part of the book "the black christ" which seems to be billed by many as one continous poem. and no, i didn't know that. i compulsively research things if they pique my interest.
Thank you, cassdawn! (I dimly remembered that it was either "Mood" or "Counter-Mood," two somewhat similar sonnets. But I couldn't remember which one. The lines stayed in the memory, long after I misplaced the notebook into which I copied the poem!)I think people wrote better eighty years ago! More memorably. There's something ineffaceable about those two lines. Ineffaceable and universal."The Black Christ" is the name of one of Cullen's books, and also the name of the title poem, which is rather long.
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