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1001 Black Men–#629



This image from the What Do Brothas Do All Day ‘zine includes an excerpt from “Little Brown Baby,” a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. I’ve reprinted the text of the excerpt below.

Ajuan Mance


Little brown baby wif spa’klin’ eyes,
   Come to yo’ pappy an’ set on his knee.
What you been doin’, suh — makin’ san’ pies?
   Look at dat bib — you’s es du’ty ez me.
Look at dat mouf — dat’s merlasses, I bet;
   Come hyeah, Maria, an’ wipe off his han’s.
Bees gwine to ketch you an’ eat you up yit,
   Bein’ so sticky an sweet — goodness lan’s!

From “Little Brown Baby” by Paul Laurence Dunbar,  in Poems of Cabin and Field (1895)