Quotation by Helene Johnson

Gee, boy, when you sing, I can close my ears
And hear tom-toms just as plain.
Listen to me, will you, what do I know
About tom-toms? But I like the word, sort of,
Don't you? It belongs to us.
Helene Johnson (b. 1907), U.S. poet. Little brown boy (l. 19–23). . .

American Negro Poetry. Arna Bontemps, ed. (Rev. ed., 1974) Hill and Wang.
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