El Beso by Angelina Weld Grimké | Poet.org

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El Beso

by Angelina Weld Grimké


Twilight–and you

Quiet–the stars;

Snare of the shine of your teeth,

Your provocative laughter,

The gloom of your hair;

Lure of you, eye and lip;

Yearning, yearning,

Languor, surrender;

Your mouth,

And madness, madness,

Tremulous, breathless, flaming,

The space of a sigh;

Then awakening–remembrance,

Pain, regret–your sobbing;

And again, quiet–the stars,

Twilight–and you.


About This Poem

Angelina Weld Grimké’s “El Beso” was first published in 1909 and became Grimké’s first widely anthologized poem. This lyric meditation expresses a sense of isolation and desire.


Angelina Weld Grimké was born on February 27, 1880, in Boston. In addition to being a poet, she was one of the first African American women to have a play publicly performed. Grimké died in 1958.


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