NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 68

By ANTHONY WALTON BONHOEFFER IN HARLEM This is before the noose, before The bomb, before The Nazis, before he could have known He had lived the better portion of his lifeThis is a chubby, good-natured and bespectacled blond Graduate student walking Manhattan On the weekends, looking To learn, to relax and perhaps, Though this is not conscious, to Do someone a good turnThis is him in a church of fellow Christians, The mighty Abbysinian, though He could not have known That, enraptured as he was By the hymns and ending Up teaching Sunday SchoolThis is a good German, a good Man, teaching and learning the gospels, Singing gospel among his friends, the good blacks Of New York City, a young man falling in love with the world, the world his Lord so loves and will allow cheerful Dietrich of Breslau to be killed for- 66 But this was before that. This was before the noose, before The bomb, before The Nazis. BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 66 3/29/15 11:41 AM