poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Lonesome Place

I got to leave this town.
It’s a lonesome place.
Got to leave this town cause
It’s a lonesome place.
A po’, po’ boy can’t
Find a friendly face.

Goin’ down to de river
Flowin’ deep an’ slow.
Goin’ down to de river
Deep an’ slow-
Cause there ain’t no worries
Where de waters go.

I’m weary, weary,
Weary, as I can be.
Weary, weary,
Weary as can be.
This life’s so weary,
‘S’ bout to overcome me.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (10/15/2019 7:51:00 PM)

    You can feel a lonesome town, and wish to move somewhere else. He may find peace down by the river, but he is weary of life. I like the colloquial speech, not correct English, but more real- 'A po', po' boy'; 'de waters'; ' S' about to overcome me'. A brilliant poem written from the heart.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/1/2018 11:28:00 AM)

    Cause there ain't any worries
    where the water goes/
    Beautiful and profound.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/13/2017 11:29:00 PM)

    A short and sweet poem with depth and throwing light on an important aspect of human psyche.

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