Treasure Island

Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Democracy


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.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

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

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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