I Shall Return

Claude McKay

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I shall return again; I shall return
To laugh and love and watch with wonder-eyes
At golden noon the forest fires burn,
Wafting their blue-black smoke to sapphire skies.
I shall return to loiter by the streams
That bathe the brown blades of the bending grasses,
And realize once more my thousand dreams
Of waters rushing down the mountain passes.
I shall return to hear the fiddle and fife
Of village dances, dear delicious tunes
That stir the hidden depths of native life,
Stray melodies of dim remembered runes.
I shall return, I shall return again,
To ease my mind of long, long years of pain.

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  • reggiehollinwort

    The imagery in this piece was pretty vivid and helped paint a clear picture but the emotions intended didn't quite resonate with me. Somehow the poet's longing, conveyed through recurring visuals, fell a bit flat to me. It's not that it's bad, it simply didn't connect with me on a personal level. I guess sometimes it's a matter of taste.