Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Let America Be America Again - Poem by Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
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  • Tom Zart (6/12/2016 6:47:00 PM)

    AMERICA &THE MAD DOGS OF MAN!
    Wherever dwell the mad dogs of man
    There is corruption, plunder and hate.
    In every city, town or village
    Those who promote distrust deserve their fate.

    All are born as an innocent child
    Till misled by others along the way.
    God has always loved His children
    Though it breaks His heart when they stray.

    The mad dogs of man never repent
    For they have no sense of shame or sorrow.
    Worshiping dominance and the dark side of life
    Abusing victims as if there were no tomorrow.

    God gives us the will to sin no more
    And to overcome evil unwilling to cease.
    The mad dogs of man must be stopped
    Who murder, rape and destroy world peace.

    Samson, Solomon, Moses and David
    Were chosen by God to stand tall.
    They faced great odds and the fear of death
    Refusing to ignore their call.

    The time has come for the people of Earth
    To band together to restrain the horde.
    Standing firm against tyranny where it exists
    Putting the mad dogs of man to the sword.

    The fearful cry we must submit
    And find a way to soothe them.
    Where defenders worry if we stand down
    The future for America is grim.

    Now's not the time to fight one another
    Or kiss our enemy's cheek.
    All through history it remains the same
    The strong enslave the weak.

    May God continue to bless America
    Refusing evil, the upper hand.
    It's up to us to stay resolute
    Defending the liberty of Man.

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  • Damian Cranney Damian Cranney (3/21/2016 2:04:00 AM)

    I do not belong to your great land, but this poem is epic, and truly, truly grand. An inspiration.
    Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/27/2016 2:22:00 AM)

    O, let my land be a land where Liberty
    Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
    But opportunity is real, and life is free,
    Equality is in the air we breathe.

    I think some of your dreams have come true. A black President is a symbol of long fight for freedom to free all blacks. in fact it is the white people who are set free from their illusion to see life from a totally different angle. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Amir Hosein Abdolmalaki Amir Hosein Abdolmalaki (1/31/2016 4:24:00 AM)

    There is no where great like America but as you said it needs to be America again, nice work (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (1/7/2016 7:49:00 PM)

    I'm not even American but this poem still resonates with me. Langstons words are needed to be heard now more then ever. (Report) Reply

  • Jacksøn Wings Jacksøn Wings (11/2/2015 2:11:00 PM)

    this is AMERICA i love it (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (7/26/2015 5:49:00 AM)

    I am the Negro bearing the slavery's scars. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • kate walker (2/18/2015 9:49:00 PM)

    I love it (Report) Reply

  • Mason Swag (12/16/2014 12:18:00 PM)

    gr8 b8 m8 i r8 8 out of 8 (Report) Reply

    Annabelle Deering (2/9/2016 9:04:00 PM)

    gr7+1 stuf m7+1

  • Celina Dichmann Celina Dichmann (8/23/2014 5:59:00 AM)

    The hope and commitment in this poem speaks to me more than any other poem ever has. Very powerful and very beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Houseright (9/21/2013 6:37:00 PM)

    The words to this poem were written long ago. But it touches my heart because it could be said that it was written about the times of today. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Altfather Good (7/15/2013 9:28:00 AM)

    This poem, which always moved me, remains as poignant, powerful, and urgent as ever - with the George Zimmerman verdict being the latest example of why. (Report) Reply

  • Alvin Willis (5/26/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    This poem represents hope despite the barriers it sees. (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris Godfrey Morris (8/14/2012 9:35:00 AM)

    A very powerful write. (Report) Reply

  • Stan D (1/4/2012 7:59:00 AM)

    As a young Black 14yr old youth living in Harlem, I had the Honor and Pleasure of meeting Mr. Hughes. My Harlem, My Harlem!

    Stan D (Report) Reply

  • Rensi Pipalia (12/31/2011 1:20:00 AM)

    nice one! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Stan Faryna (10/4/2011 7:15:00 AM)

    Imagine with me for a moment. Imagine President Obama reading Langston Hughes' Let American be America Again at the next State of the Union Address.

    Now that would be something.

    Recently on my blog: The Final Speech of the Great Dictator by Sir Charles Chaplin http: //wp.me/pbg0R-qG (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir Saadat Tahir (6/30/2010 2:40:00 PM)

    superb strong heart felt stuff, , , , at the loss of innocenswe and virginity of a system...

    wish GW bush and his ilk wd read and heed...

    cheers (Report) Reply

  • Kwesi Atta Sakyi (5/26/2009 11:00:00 AM)

    Lagston Hughes says it all without a megaphone and without frills. What frankness, zeal, candour and deep feeling for the suffering folks whose dreams, hopes, vision and aspirations lay shattered, stolen and destroyed by a few greedy lot! This powerful message rings ever true today than the time it was written! Was he a seer or prophet? Magnificent stuff! Kwesi Atta Sakyi Already Reported Reply

  • Tynice Owens (8/30/2008 5:47:00 PM)

    I find his words to still be in the struggles of today. Let America be America Again, ...yes, that is what we all long and strive for every day. These words speak to me in a perfect time, place and year. These words cry out for hope, for a better tomorrow, for an America to be what it once was, is, and still can be. The same as way Obama sees it, it's the same way Langston wrote it. (Report) Reply










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