Wind

Wind
By Gwendolyn Bennett

The wind was a care-free soul
  That broke the chains of earth,
And strode for a moment across the land
  With the wild halloo of his mirth.
He little cared that he ripped up trees,
  That houses fell at his hand,
That his step broke calm on the breast of seas,
  That his feet stirred clouds of sand.

But when he had had his little joke,
  Had shouted and laughed and sung,
When the trees were scarred, their branches broke,
  And their foliage aching hung,
He crept to his cave with a stealthy tread,
  With rain-filled eyes and low-bowed head.

Gwendolyn Bennett, a teacher, artist, and writer, was born in Giddings, Texas in 1902. She never published her collected work, but her poems, short stories, and nonfiction columns appeared in literary journals, among them Opportunity, Fire!! and Palms. Bennett was connected to the Harlem Renaissance and a dedicated supporter of African American writers and artists through support groups, community centers, and schools. She died in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1981.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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