They tell me she is beautiful my city
That she is colorful and quaint alone
Among the cities. But I, I who have known
Her tenderness, her courage and her pity;
Have felt her forces mold me, mind and bone.
Hers are the eyes I look on life
And find it brave and splendid. And the stir
Of hidden music shaping all my songs
And these, my songs, my all belong to her.
Edwin DuBose Heyward (August 31, 1885 – June 16, 1940) was a white American author best known for his 1925 novel Porgy. This novel was the basis for the play by the same name (which he co-authored with his wife Dorothy) and, in turn, the opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin. Heyward was born in 1885 in Charleston,South Carolina.
The poet and playwright Langston Hughes said Heyward was one who saw “with his white eyes, wonderful, poetic qualities in the inhabitants of Catfish Row that makes them come alive.”
“white eyes” …. hummmm.
Well, yeah. They were! :)
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