BLACK WOMAN by Leopold Sedar Senghor

Poem: BLACK WOMAN by Leopold Sedar Senghor

Today we will look at the poem titled “Naked woman black woman“. below we drop the full poem according to how it is written by the writer. So if you are searching for where to get the full poem, then relax because we already have it here for you.

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Naked woman, black woman

  • Naked woman black woman
  • Clothed with your colour which is life with your form which is beauty!
  • In your shadow I have grown up; the gentleness of your hands was laid over my eyes.
  • And now, high up on the sun-baked pass, at the heart of summer, at the heart of noon, I come upon you, my Promised Land, And your beauty strikes me to heart like the flash of an eagle.


  • Naked woman, dark woman
  • Firm-fleshed ripe fruit, sombre raptures of black wine, mouth making lyrical my mouth Savannah stretching to clear horizons, savannah shuddering beneath the East Wind’s eager caresses.
  • Carved tom-tom, taut tom-tom, muttering under the Conqueror’s fingers.
  • Your solemn contralto voice is the spiritual song of the Beloved.


  • Naked woman, dark woman
  • Oil that no breath ruffles, calm oil on the athlete’s flanks of the Princes of Mali Gazelle limbed in Paradise, pearls are stars on the night of your skin.
  • Delights of the mind, the glinting of red gold against your watered skin.
  • Under the shadow of your hair, my care is lightened by the neighbouring suns of your eyes.
  • Naked woman, black woman, I sing your beauty that passes, the form that I fix in the Eternal,
  • Before jealous fate turn you to ashes to feed the roots of life.
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  • Leopold Sedar Senghor


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