Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Democracy - Poem by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Is a strong seed
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

Comments about Democracy by Langston Hughes

  • Gold Star - 37,321 Points Rajnish Manga (3/17/2015 3:28:00 AM)

    Only an intense passion for freedom can ensure a powerful democracy. Very emphatic poem. I would like to quote the poet: I do not need my freedom when I'm dead / I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 45,206 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/13/2015 8:07:00 AM)

    A true aspiration for freedom is the theme in the poem and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,262 Points Sandra Feldman (10/19/2014 6:14:00 PM)

    After Ancient Greece there is only one country that has know true democracy,
    the United States of America. After Life, Liberty is the most precious gift.
    Don't lose it. This poet knew it! Already Reported Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Steven Mendoza (6/6/2015 12:58:00 AM)

    no democracy under slavery
    no democracy under segregation
    no democracy in Guantanamo Bay
    Old black Joe's still pickin' cotton
    Hughes isn't waiting for democracy:
    he's dead.

  • Silver Star - 4,244 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:43:00 PM)

    Well written with great meaning (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Fiona Goldie (2/25/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    Freedom DOES exist. But we will not find it by sitting waiting for it to happen. Those who tell us that what will be will be keep us enslaved. If you want democracy; if you want your vote to count and your opinion to be considered- then you have to demand it! Wonderful words. Still relevant to this day. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Kumi Nicholas (8/14/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    Very factual fact. Freedom is what our desires but doesn't exist in reality.i do not need my freedom when I'm dead (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mokete Maphehelle (6/13/2013 8:59:00 AM)

    this is the freedom we will never have. not when the democracy is raping us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Brignac (9/12/2012 12:03:00 AM)

    Love it! ! ! His words are true but yet he seems angry on how the government was run back then only if he was here today he would realize that our freedom is strong and we got thinks that would might never happen. My point is even if we are free, we will never be free if we let people bring us down. Freedom come with a cost! And freedom is still costing us today... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tyrone Thornton (11/24/2009 8:09:00 PM)

    Never heard more truthful, passionate, angry (but controlled) , heart fluttering words spoken ever before. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Belinda Velez (7/7/2009 6:56:00 PM)

    This poem makes me so proud to be African American. It really shows the progress we've made and will continue to make. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jack Garvey (3/1/2009 11:20:00 AM)

    Hughes believed in the potential of all people. President Obama will prove the truths of his beliefs. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Donna Murray (2/26/2009 6:22:00 PM)

    This poem is very real and deep in meaning (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ronald Speight (2/14/2009 7:20:00 AM)

    usually poems give you something to say but im speechless (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brittany Gilkes (1/12/2009 7:59:00 AM)

    love this poem its so deep (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nakaissia Reed (12/21/2008 8:23:00 PM)

    Freedom has yet to ring-So why not hold on to the dream-Just like Langston said i have as much rights as you-[[so together lets dream]] (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Riquetta Elliott (4/23/2008 1:28:00 PM)

    The famous poet's poem will live on. Very well-written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raphael Raphael (1/11/2007 10:35:00 PM)

    I'm sorry-

    But there ain't nobody like my Langston Hughes...The finest...The best...your poetic strength lives on beyond your eternal rest...I love you Langston... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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