The Weary Blues Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Droning a drowsy syncopated tuneA
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croonA
I heard a Negro playB
Down on Lenox Avenue the other nightC
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas lightC
He did a lazy swayB
He did a lazy swayB
To the tune o' those Weary BluesD
With his ebony hands on each ivory keyE
He made that poor piano moan with melodyE
O BluesD
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stoolF
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical foolF
Sweet BluesD
Coming from a black man's soulG
O BluesD
In a deep song voice with a melancholy toneH
I heard that Negro sing that old piano moanH
Ain't got nobody in all this worldI
Ain't got nobody but ma selfJ
I's gwine to quit ma frownin'H
And put ma troubles on the shelfJ
Thump thump thump went his foot on the floorK
He played a few chords then he sang some moreK
I got the Weary BluesD
And I can't be satisfiedL
Got the Weary BluesD
And can't be satisfiedL
I ain't happy no mo'M
And I wish that I had diedL
And far into the night he crooned that tuneH
The stars went out and so did the moonH
The singer stopped playing and went to bedN
While the Weary Blues echoed through his headN
He slept like a rock or a man that's deadN

Langston Hughes


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