Langston Hughes Poems
- 51. Quiet Girl
I would liken you
To a night without stars
Were it not for your eyes.
- 52. Oppression
Are not available
To the dreamers,
- 53. Madam's Past History
My name is Johnson--
Madam Alberta K. The Madam stands for business.
- 54. Bouquet
- 55. Dream Variations
- 56. When Sue Wears Red
- 57. Po' Boy Blues
When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.When I was home de
- 58. Still Here
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,
- 59. Life Is Fine
I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.I tried to think but couldn't,
- 60. Me And The Mule
My old mule,
He's gota grin on his face.He's been a mule so long
- 61. Pierrot
I work all day,
Said Simple John,Myself a house to buy.
- 62. Personal
In an envelope marked:
PERSONALGod addressed me a letter.
- 63. Helen Keller
In the dark,Found light
- 64. Daybreak In Alabama
When I get to be a composer
I'm gonna write me some music aboutDaybreak in Alabama
- 65. April Rain Song
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid dropsLet the rain sing you a lullaby
- 66. Enemy
It would be nice
In any case,To someday meet you
- 67. Peace
We passed their graves:
The dead men there,Winners or losers,
- 68. Prize Fighter
Only dumb guys fight.
If I wasn't dumbI wouldn't be fightin'.
- 69. Wisdom And War
We do not care-
That much is clear.Not enough
- 70. 50-50
Iâ??m all alone in this world, she said,
Ainâ??t got nobody to share my bed, Ainâ??t got nobody to hold my handâ??
- 71. The Dream Keeper
Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,Bring me all your
- 72. Mother To Son
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.It's had tacks in it,
- 73. Snake
He glides so swiftly
Back into the grass-Gives me the courtesy of road
- 74. I Continue To Dream
I take my dreams and make of them a bronze vase
and a round fountain with a beautiful statue in its center.And a song with a broken heart and I ask you:
- 75. The Negro Mother
That I had to climb, that I had to know In order that the race might live and grow.
- 76. For Selma
In places like
Selma, Alabama,Kids say,
- 77. Theme For English B
The instructor said,
- 78. Lonesome Place
I got to leave this town.
Itâ??s a lonesome place.Got to leave this town cause
- 79. Catch
Big Boy came
Carrying a mermaid On his shoulders
- 80. Let America Be America Again
Let it be the pioneer on the plainSeeking a home where he himself is free.
- 81. Justice
That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we black are wise:Her bandage hides two festering sores
- 82. Genius Child
This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild. Sing it softly as ever you can -
- 83. Dinner Guest: Me
I know I am
The Negro ProblemBeing wined and dined,
- 84. I Dream A World
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,Where love will bless the earth
- 85. Love Song For Lucinda
Is a ripe plumGrowing on a purple tree.
- 86. Song For A Dark Girl
Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)They hung my black young lover
- 87. Fire-caught
The gold moth did not love him
So, gorgeous, she flew away.But the gray moth circled the flame
- 88. Easy Boogie
Down in the bass
That steady beatWalking walking walking
- 89. Dreams
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged bird
- 90. Lincoln Monument: Washington
Let's go see Old Abe
Sitting in the marble and the moonlight,Sitting lonely in the marble and the moonlight,
- 91. Demand
Dear dream of utter aliveness-Touching my body of utter death-
- 92. Negro Speaks Of Rivers
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins
- 93. Freedom's Plow
When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his handsEmpty, but clean,
- 94. Gods
The ivory gods,
And the ebony gods,And the gods of diamond and jade,
- 95. The Weary Blues
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon, I heard a Negro play.
- 96. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
- 97. Suicide’s Note
Cool face of the riverAsked me for a kiss.
- 98. Question
When the old junk man Death
Comes to gather up our bodiesAnd toss them into the sack of oblivion,
Total 98 poems written by Langston Hughes
Poem of the day
by Charles Hamilton Sorley
There where the rusty iron lies,
The rooks are cawing all the day.
Perhaps no man, until he dies,
Will understand them, what they say.
The evening makes the sky like clay.
The slow wind waits for night to rise.
The world is half content. But they
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