The Creation

And God stepped out on space,
And he looked around and said:
I'm lonely--
I'll make me a world.

by James Weldon Johnson Click to read full poem

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This is one of my favorites, I performed this in college.
Learned many of his poems when I was in high school, and for church. I still remember. I am 82 years old now.
Memorized in the 2nd grade. We ea ch had a line to say and then recited most together. We wore our white shirts with huge red bow ties and took our show to several churches! Simpler times.
How of I print a copy of this poem?
Did James Weldon Johnson pen “alternate versions” of this poem? I have seen a version which replaced God’s gender to that of female. Is that legal? It is a great American work of art, boldly nuanced with purpose!
Had to memorise this in second grade which was then recited aloud before the school assembly. Curious to find it again.
Hopeless silly poem
Feb 21,2018** This Is a great poem for people of all ages to read! There is so much hurting in this world today and Young Man and Woman don't believe in there self😕 Maybe if a young people read this they will see put his hands on and made good! ☺😊☺😊!
Feb 21,2018** This Is a great poem for people of all ages to read! There is so much hurting in this world today and Young Man and Woman don't believe in there self😕 Maybe if a young people read this they will see put his hands on and made good! ☺😊☺😊!
I read it aloud to my husband, to share its beauty. When I reached the last stanzas I was fighting tears - and losing. The blending of God's majesty with his tenderness is so apt.
In the Biblical Creation Story and Johnson's Creation Poem, God Consciousness creates that wich is good. And, in both, the Creation of Man is the Image of Very Good/Great Conciousness. The Biblical Creation Story includes the Fall of Man; the knowlege of Good and Evil. James Weldon Johnson's poem does not. Wow, no DEvil. It is an amazingly great poem!
Had to learn this wonderful poem many, many years in elementary school. Now, as senior citizen, it still is a soul stirring experience to read The Creation by James Weldon Johnson.
Choral reading for our high school class of 58 years ago. It often comes to mind.
Indeed a great and justly famous poem. Try this: Catch the warmth in this version of creation, then read it into the accounts of Genesis 1 and 2. -GK
Beautiful, beautiful piece of poetry!
I recited this poem close to 50 years ago and it still gives me a great feeling reading it again today. This poem is still a 10 point plus plus plus
While attending Howard High School, Georgetown, SC- Class of '77, Our Junior Class English Teacher, Mrs. L. Besselieu was adament about Her Students reciting Mr. Weldon's Creation in order to develop skills necessary for personal / professional development - I must admit at the time it was not something I wanted to partake in during my Jr. year; however, everyone recited the Creation except a few students including me and later learned a valuable lesson - Thanks Mrs. Besselieu it paid off -