Jean Toomer (1894 – 1967) was an American poet and novelist commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance and modernism. His reputation stems from his novel, Cane (1923), which Toomer wrote during ... [+]

Full moon rising on the waters of my heart,

Lakes and moon and fires,

Cloine tires,

Holding her lips apart.

Promises of slumber leaving shore to charm the moon,

Miracle made vesper-keeps,

Cloine sleeps,

And I’ll be sleeping soon.

Cloine, curled like the sleepy waters where the moon-waves start,

Radiant, resplendently she gleams,

Cloine dreams,

Lips pressed against my heart.


"Evening Song" is from Jean Toomer's novel Cane.