poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Po' Boy Blues

When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
Since I come up North de
Whole damn world's turned cold.

I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong.
Yes, I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong,
But this world is weary
An' de road is hard an' long.

I fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
Fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
She made me lose ma money
An' almost lose ma mind.

Weary, weary,
Weary early in de morn.
Weary, weary,
Early, early in de morn.
I's so weary
I wish I'd never been born.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/28/2019 8:33:00 PM)

    The colloquialisms and deliberate misspellings-'po', 'de', 'an', 'ma'-give the poem realism.
    Words spoken as the character would have said them. His story of coming north, falling in love with a girl who
    made him lose his money, is a sad one. I like the monologue very much, however.

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (5/10/2019 3:04:00 PM)

    Lead kindly into the night
    with hubby aright
    be faithful all night and life
    be a good wife

    nothing and no one
    but your husband is right

    he will take care of you
    only if you always lead him

    KINDLY

    into the night
    till twilight
    all your life
    and I was right

    me poet yeps poet

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (5/10/2019 3:03:00 PM)

    Lead Kindly Into The Night - Poem by me poet yeps poet
    I once composed
    LEAD GENTLY INTO THE NIGHT

    A poem for a Virgin
    who was always afraid of a man
    was married and
    taken away to a far off land

    she had none of her trusted ones at hand
    thus I spoke

    CONTD

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  • ~~~~~~ (1/18/2019 10:31:00 AM)

    Honestly, this is a mood

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/28/2014 3:00:00 PM)

    I like this poem, its interesting

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  • Greg Cieslik (3/8/2010 4:40:00 PM)

    Great rhythm! First time I read this I just had to pick up my guitar and put some blues behind it.

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  • Kentucky Refugee (12/27/2007 1:26:00 AM)

    Langston Hughes has such a great sense of rhythm. This blues piece shoiuld be set to music.

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  • Yoj Ca (5/5/2006 9:00:00 PM)

    this is really a good poem! it reminds me of a guy that i really like. He made me lose my mind. and he broke my heart.

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