Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Cross - Poem by Langston Hughes

My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

Comments about Cross by Langston Hughes

  • Bronze Star - 2,534 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (11/2/2015 3:19:00 AM)

    Brilliant piece. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,050 Points Kevin Fang (10/28/2015 4:55:00 PM)

    Great Poem! :) I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,427 Points Nyota Yasulwe (7/13/2015 4:45:00 AM)

    Simple good! So good poems can be good too! Keep it up. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 905 Points Frank Blacharczyk (7/9/2015 5:40:00 PM)

    So simple yet so powerful. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,116 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (6/26/2015 9:44:00 AM)

    nice poem so captivating (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 161 Points Lisbon Tawanda Chigwenjere (5/13/2015 3:36:00 AM)

    So beautiful a poem. I like it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 60 Points Samara Scott (4/22/2015 10:14:00 PM)

    Simple yet powerful :) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,244 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:54:00 PM)

    Lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,737 Points Patricia Grantham (4/24/2014 8:24:00 AM)

    This is a wow write. One of the most honest and
    expressive poems I have ever had the pleasure
    of reading. The dilemma of being neither white nor
    black holds true. To solve the problem just be you!
    Excellent. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Rod Henderson (3/24/2015 1:21:00 PM)

    No issue lies within the gist.
    Where love presides there is no hitch.

  • Rookie Takiyah Woods (7/16/2013 6:03:00 PM)

    This is such a beautiful poem. It really touches me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Angel E. B. (4/25/2013 11:32:00 AM)

    This is such a good poem, it really describes the situation of many african americans back then. It really resonates with me because I'm a halfie too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mark Jensen (1/4/2013 1:40:00 AM)

    A marvelous poem! Many levels of reflection and surprising turns. Langston Hughes is génial! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Brignac (9/11/2012 11:55:00 PM)

    Really go shows a point in life and how others think of each other... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Riley72 Bell (3/20/2012 11:46:00 PM)

    This a great piece. I had a connection with this as i am neither white nor black (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Royàlé Dì (2/24/2012 1:41:00 PM)

    Grt piece...the contrast jst brings it al 2 a touch! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,272 Points Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/19/2012 1:00:00 AM)

    Excellent! The poem conveys the author's dilemma in a witty way even though the message is rather profound (race and family conflict) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ali Wright (12/8/2011 12:33:00 PM)

    When I originally read this poem I also focused on the racial message. However, after studying the poem more carefully I concluded that 'race' was not the subject, rather it was the container stored the lesson.

    To me, the person in the poem was apologizing to his dead parents for blaming them for his life that was bitter because he wasn't accepted by blacks or whites.

    As he grew in understanding he realized that only 'he' was responsible for his success or lack thereof in this life.

    So the message to me is to fight the urge to 'blame' someone else for your problems and take complete ownership of your life. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,112 Points Hans Vr (6/1/2010 10:35:00 AM)

    This man lives on in his poetry.
    Very nicely written.
    Let us do away with any form of racism and discrimination
    Poetry is a great way to teach wisdom. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarita Brown (10/27/2009 7:00:00 PM)

    Reading Langston Hughes now, in an age where a mixed race man has become president of the United States and where something he was so sure would never happen, has happened gives these poems a new and bittersweet resonance.

    i love Langston's honesty and vivid
    use of language.

    i hope he can see how far the world has come.

    blessings. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sharpella Sanders (5/4/2009 8:08:00 AM)

    i really love this poem because i am multiracial. race itself doesn't matter to me because i am so many different things like black, white, Indian, and Spanish. sometimes when you're multiracial you kind of feel like you don't really have a place since you don't fall into one single category.In that case i think we have to make up our own place in the world and teach others that no matter what racism isn't right nor is it fair. being mixed with so many things makes me happy because it gives me a chance to explore my roots, where i really come from. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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