Creating tools for life’s enhancement

I Ply with all the cunning of my art
This little thing, and with
consumate care
I fashion it- so that when I depart,
Those who come after me shall f ind
it fair
And beautiful. It must be free of
flaws-
Pointing no laborings of weary hands;
And there must be no flouting of the
laws
Of beauty -as the artist
understands.
Through passion, yearnings inf inite
-yet dumb-
I lift you from the depths of my own
mind
And gild you with my soul’s white
heat to plumb
The souls of future men. I leave
behind
This thing that in return this solace
gives:
“He who creates true beauty ever lives.”

Marcus B. Christian,
“The Craftsman” from The Poetry of the Negro
1746-1970

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