The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945

Claude McKay’s Workers’ Dreadnought Poetry (1919-1920) | Reality

Reality ​(April 24, 1920. Signed as Hugh Hope)

For one soul saved from wreck so many lost;
    For one fair flower so many loathsome weeds;
For one calm sea so many tempest-tossed;
    One act of love so many hateful deeds.

For one slight ray of hope a million fears;
​    One day of peace long bitter years of strife;
One hollow laugh a thousand genuine tears;
​    Such is the grim reality of life.


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