Showing posts with label Langston Hughes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Langston Hughes. Show all posts

Monday, January 21, 2019


So Long

so long
is in the song
and it's in the way you're gone
but it's like a foreign language
in my mind
and maybe I was blind
i could not see
and would not know
you're gone so long
so long.

(Langston Hughes)

Friday, April 15, 2011


From Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin:
Former Sen. Rick “Man on dog” Santorum hosted a town hall meeting where he unveiled his campaign slogan, “Fighting to make America America again.” Turns out, the pithy phrase didn’t come from Santorum’s creative genius. It’s from a pro-union, pro-racial justice, and pro-immigrant poem by that famous Harlem Renaissance gay poet Langston Hughes. The poem, “Let American Be America Again,” goes like this:

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay–
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–

I stole nearly the entire post. I hope Jim forgives me. I couldn't resist.

You can't make this stuff up.