"a dinner"

Published December 7, 1941


a Dinner. From Harlem as Seen by Hirschfeld. Lithograph, 1941.


He’s late again. That’s it! I’m leavin’! Well, I’m gonna wait five more minutes. I been waitin’ long enough. Spent all afternoon at the beauty shop. Got my grandmamma’s pearls on. This here is my finest dress and my feet are startin’ to hurt in these shoes.

Where is that man? Big night, he said. Special night, he said. Important night, he said. I been practicin’ my “I do.” Well, just maybe I’ll say “I won’t!”

That’s it. I’m leavin’…after five more minutes.

-Audra McDonald

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