Treasure Island

Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

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I’m all alone in this world, she said,
Ain’t got nobody to share my bed,
Ain’t got nobody to hold my hand—
The truth of the matter’s
I ain’t got no man.

Big Boy opened his mouth and said,
Trouble with you is
You ain’t got no head!
If you had a head and used your mind
You could have me with you
All the time.

She answered, Babe, what must I do?

He said, Share your bed—
And your money, too.

Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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  • Patricia Grantham (4/24/2014 8:07:00 AM)

    A delightful write that is very true and
    does not leave one hanging on a cliff.
    Good write and very jazzy. (Report) Reply

  • Alvin Willis (5/28/2013 10:48:00 AM)

    Eventhough this poem was written decades ago.....it still has that swagger that is found now....presently. (Report) Reply

  • Queen Nzingah (5/26/2012 5:15:00 PM)

    This is not only a very good poem, its name is incredibly fitting. Thank you Langston! (Report) Reply

  • Shyla Cureton (6/23/2011 10:27:00 AM)

    Sure enough, it takes sensible people and an awakening of what's to be 'brought to the table' as my Brother, Alias, 'Rigid' says. And it has hurt me because of what I do and do not have. Yet, it gives me a strong desire to awaken to have more to my relationship. But what I believe the author, Mr. Hughes, is wonderfully and poetically saying is in the title, for both sides as a man and a woman to have something to bring... Whatever it maybe, other than sex and advantageousness to the relationship... Thank You Mr. Langston Hughes for you Brilliance.... May You forever eat of Good fruits and dainties in Heaven. (Report) Reply

  • Nezha Nazih (7/25/2010 12:38:00 PM)

    I'll comment using something I wrote a long time ago during my university years
    here it is very naive and not really a poem
    My first money,
    Dad SnAtched it!
    Then all my monies
    Took the habit
    Of not being mine
    But the others'.... (Report) Reply

  • Eddie Rodgers (6/4/2010 1:05:00 PM)

    Frank Nitty is totally correct Ebony your thinking too much in your own life and missed the real meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Frank Nitty (5/3/2010 11:20:00 PM)

    I think think Langston Hughes was really trying to tell the lady's to not search to not be loanly so much that you lose your commen sence and take pretty much the first man that says you can have him...........In this poem Langston is stating that the lady is searching so hard that a man can tell her that she can have him if she geves him sex and money........................................i think you missed that Ebony Black (Report) Reply

  • Ebony Black (4/15/2010 11:30:00 AM)

    I love this poem, as a single woman just out of a relationship with a jobless man. I tried so hard to hold on and keep him so I wouldn't be like the woman in this poem, 'I aint got no man, ' but what I didn't realize is that keeping one was pretty costly, not only financially but emotionally too. It is draining being with someone who only sees you for their personal gain/convenience. The woman in this poem doesn't have a head because she doesn't have a man. She is stupid (don't have a head) because she doesn't realize that it is not she without a man, it is a man without her. Once a person begins to value themselves, truly value themselves from within, they will always be valued by others. Women, and some men too, you are a treasure! The more you treasure and value yourself, the more you will be wanted, but the slimmer your romantic pickings will be, because your standards will instantly raise to not wanting just anybody. And not just anybody can get you because not everybody will deserve you. Take it sometimes as a compliment or gift if you are single/alone. Enjoy yourself. Be free. Decide what a mate can do for you, and never settle for less than what you would do for yourself on your best day/night. (Report) Reply

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