I, Too, Sing America

21 01 2009

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

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5 responses

21 01 2009
Szerelem

This is gorgeous.

21 01 2009
Veena

This is obv good and all but whats up with this over the top Obama mania?

21 01 2009
Space Bar

I think it’s Michelle that’s got these kids all hot and bothered.

(And this is what happens when you don’t have a tv to watch so you can feel connected to every molecule in the world.

21 01 2009
blackmamba

After 8 years of Dubya… well, I wouldn’t blame anyone for being all excited.

Besides, the man managed to convince Michelle to marry him. There must be something about him, no? ;)

21 01 2009
Veena

Do you all know something about Michelle that I don’t? Is this something they show on TV? Tell tell. I have heard enough from my Chicago days but this sounds juicier.

Oh SB, I am all connected ok? Feanor’s gotten me hooked to this iplayer thing for BBC. Quite good though haven’t seen anything of the inaugration yet.

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