[MP] I Know My Soul by Claude McKay

I Know My Soul

Claude McKay

I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
And held it to the mirror of my eye,
To see it like a star against the sky,
A twitching body quivering in space,
A spark of passion shining on my face.
And I explored it to determine why
This awful key to my infinity
Conspires to rob me of sweet joy and grace.
And if the sign may not be fully read,
If I can comprehend but not control,
I need not gloom my days with futile dread,
Because I see a part and not the whole.
Contemplating the strange, I’m comforted
By this narcotic thought: I know my soul.


Claude McKay was born in Jamaica on September 15, 1889. His books include Songs of Jamaica (1912) and A Long Way from Home (1937). He died on May 22, 1948.

“I Know My Soul” was published in McKay’s book Harlem Shadows (Harcourt, Brace and company, 1922)


It was not until yesterday that I had this idea to have weekly post that will feature (my selection of) poems. I know by now you’ll recognized that I adopted Monday’s themed post from Mba Yoyen (with Music Monday) or Mas Dani (with Money Talk Monday) BUT I’ve known Monday’s themed post somewhere else too, like Musing Mondays (a weekly meme from MizB, fellow book blogger) or Mailbox Monday (now a weekly event that you can check it on mailbox monday’s blog). It’s just that – after I’ve received poem-a-day yesterday, daily subscription from poets.org, I have that eureka moment and the needs to actualized it as weekly post.

Enough for the behind-the-screen, I hope I will be consistent with this one in the future and could present to you, guys, beautiful and meaningful poem that will enlighten your beginning of the weeks. It’s possible that I share you a poem from poets with story/opinion and it’s also possible that I share you simply the poem without anything else so you’ll be able to wonder the whys.

So, what do you think? 🙂

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