Sunday, February 01, 2015

I, Too, Sing America

Early in the day, I surfed over to the Google page to do a search, and was stumped by the doodle there:


I clicked to animate the doodle, which turned out to be a homage to the African-American jazz poet and social activist, Langston Hughes.  And was fascinated by the poem there, I Dream a World.

Naturally, I tweeted that!
So, of course, I then spent some time reading a couple of Hughes' poems.  But, I decided that of the poems of his that I have read, my favorite continues to be the one that I blogged about more than four years ago: "I, too, sing America"
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.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

That's some poem!  A neat way to begin Black History Month, right?

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