Orange gleams athwart a crimson soul
Lambent flames; purple passion lurks
In your dusk eyes.
Red mouth; flower soft,
Your soul leaps up—and flashes
Star-like, white, flame-hot.
Curving arms, encircling a world of love,
You! Stirring the depths of passionate desire!
Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, an American poet, journalist, and political activist, was born in 1875 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was involved in the Harlem Renaissance cultural movement, and published several texts before her death in 1935.