Exodus

Exodus
by Effie Lee Newsome

Rank fennel and broom
Grown wanly beside
The cottage and room
We once occupied,
But sold for the snows!

The dahoon berry weeps in blood,
I know, 
Watched by crow--
I've seen both grow
In those weird waters of Dixie!

Exodus appeared in the Crisis XXIX, no. 3 (January 1925.)
Effie Newsome, born January 19, 1885, in Philadelphia, 
was a poet from the Harlem Renaissance movement.
She's the author of Gladiola Garden, Poems for Second 
Grade Readers, published many poems in the Crisis,
and other leading journals from the Harlem Renaissance. 
She died in 1979.  

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