Claude McKay was a Jamaican writer. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance, a movement within the Modernist period in America (generally, the period between the two world wars). McKay was open in his work about his disdain for intolerance and was an active proponent of African American rights.
After the Winter
Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
And against the morning’s white
The Shiving birds beneath the eaves
Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn out faces southward, love,
Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire the shafted grove
And wide-mouthed orchids smile.
And we will seek the quiet hill
Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
Beside an open gale,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
And ferns that never fade.