Poet, Georgia Douglas Johnson, was born today in 1880. She was an American/African-American Female poet and much more than that. She was also part of The Harlem Renaissance. “To think of Georgia Douglas Johnson as only a poet would be to call her out of her name. Add the labels of musician, playwright, fiction writer, mother, wife, friend, mentor, intellectual and gracious host, and one would begin to approach more of who she was– a creative woman of her time. One of the most loved and cherished participants of the Harlem Renaissance period, “Georgia Douglas Johnson was the nurturer who gave to others not just her cadenced words, but much of her heart. While acknowledging the oppressed position of women in her lifetime and documenting how this stifled the creative spirit, she nevertheless proudly wore the mantle of the woman poet and fully embodied this restriction for herself.”-Valerie Jean
YOUR WORLD by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Your world is as big as you make it
I know, for I used to abide
In the narrowest nest in a corner
My wings pressing close to my side
But I sighted the distant horizon
Where the sky-line encircled the sea
And I throbbed with a burning desire
To travel this immensity.
I battered the cordons around me
And cradled my wings on the breeze
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
with rapture, with power, with ease!