Serena’s Poetry Challenge July 2020: If You Should Go by Countee Cullen

As part of Serena’s Poetry Reading Challenge I will be sharing the poem I enjoyed the most that month on the last Tuesday of each month.

One of the easiest, and possibly most difficult, will be getting people to sign up to read a poem-a-day through the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day service. The challenge is to read a poem-a-day for a week once per month and write about which poems were your favorite and why. You can write up a short blurb on your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or your blog. I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments each month.

I took this poetry challenge on for 2020 and have been reading a poem a day in my emails. So far this year I have only shared one poem here on my blog due to everything going on but I’m hoping to begin posting a poem on the last Tuesday of each like I initially planned to. The poem I enjoyed most lately was one that I read in June called If You Should Go by Countee Cullen.

This was my first time reading this poet and I enjoyed the melancholy feel to it. It is a short and bittersweet poem. I especially like these lines…“Go quietly; a dream …When done, should leave no trace”.  What do you think?

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If You Should Go by Countee Cullen
Love, leave me like the light,
The gently passing day;
We would not know, but for the night,
When it has slipped away.

So many hopes have fled,
Have left me but the name
Of what they were. When love is dead,
Go thou, beloved, the same.

Go quietly; a dream
When done, should leave no trace
That it has lived, except a gleam
Across the dreamer’s face.

You can read the poem here at

You can sign up for a Poem A Day over by clicking here.


Nothing in this post is available for download. The photo is my own.

10 thoughts on “Serena’s Poetry Challenge July 2020: If You Should Go by Countee Cullen

  1. Hi Naida,

    I too, have not come across this poet before, but I shall be checking out more of her work.

    I really liked the emotion here, and I don’t mean to be too morbid, but to me it’s very much a poem that would be suitable for reading at a funeral service.

    I haven’t come across Jeff Buckley before either, so I have just watched a sample of all his available YouTube videos. He is very good and I loved his interpretation of ‘Hallelujah’

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne, interesting that you say this one might be good for a funeral service. I agree, it does have that bittersweet vibe to it.
      I like Jeff Buckley’s voice.
      Enjoy your weekend!


  2. You won’t believe this but I printed out this poem when I got it in my inbox. I also signed up for poem-a-day and love the variety of poems. I keep a journal of poems i love and this is one that’s going in there. It’s so melancholy and just lovely. So glad you enjoyed it too!

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