• Editorial Notes ?
  • Highlight Variants ?

References to Poem ?



  1. So much have I forgotten in ten years,

  2. So much in ten brief years!; I have forgot

  3. What time the purple apples come to juice,

  4. And what month brings the shy forget-me-not1.;

  5. I have forgot Forgotten is the special, startling season

  6. Of the pimento's2 some beloved tree's flowering and fruiting;,

  7. What time of year the ground doves brown the fields

  8. And fill the noonday with their curious fluting.:

  9. I have forgotten much, but still remember

  10. The poinsettia's red, blood-red in warm December.

  11. I still recall the honey-fever grass,

  12. But cannot recollect the high days I cannot bring back to mind just when

  13. We rooted them out of the ping-wing3 path

  14. To stop the mad bees in the rabbit pen.

  15. I often try to think in what sweet month

  16. The languid painted ladies used to dapple

  17. The yellow by-road bye road mazing4 from the main,5

  18. Sweet with the golden threads of the rose-apple.:

  19. I have forgotten, strange, but quite remember

  20. The poinsettia's red, blood-red in warm December.

  21. What weeks, what months, what time of o' the mild year

  22. We cheated school to have our fling at tops?

  23. What days our wine-thrilled bodies pulsed with joy

  24. Feasting upon blackberries in the copse6?

  25. Oh some I know! I have embalmed the days,

  26. Even the sacred moments , when we played,

  27. All innocent of passion, uncorrupt,

  28. At noon and evening in the flame-heart's shade.:

  29. We were so happy, happy,  I remember,

  30. Beneath the poinsettia's red in warm December.


Harlem Shadows (1922)

Additional Poems by Claude McKay

Contemporary Reviews

Supplementary Texts