Live Stream: If I Had Known by Alice Dunbar Nelson
For today's Shared Reading live stream, Learning and Qualtiy Coordinator at The Reader, Lisa Spurgin, reads If I Had Known by Alice Dunbar Nelson. Check out the rest of our readings for Black History Month and download our calendar here.
If I Had KnownIf I had knownTwo years ago how drear this life should be,And crowd upon itself all-strangely sad,Mayhap another song would burst from out my lips,Overflowing with the happiness of future hopes;Mayhap another throb than that of joy.Have stirred my soul into its inmost depths,If I had known.If I had known,Two years ago the impotence of love,The vainness of a kiss, how barren a caress,Mayhap my soul to higher things have soarn,Nor clung to earthly loves and tender dreams,But ever up aloft into the blue empyrean,And there to master all the world of mind,If I had known.Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Posted by The Reader on Tuesday, 13 October 2020