May 30th Birthday Love: Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen

Poet, novelist, playwright, and children’s book author Countee Cullen was born Countee LeRoy Porter on this day May 30, 1903.

A Brown Girl Dead

With two white roses on her breasts,
   White candles at head and feet,   
Dark Madonna of the grave she rests;
   Lord Death has found her sweet.

Her mother pawned her wedding ring   
   To lay her out in white;
She’d be so proud she’d dance and sing   
   To see herself tonight.

-Countee Cullen

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