Treasure Island

Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Merry-Go-Round


Where is the Jim Crow section
On this merry-go-round,
Mister, cause I want to ride?
Down South where I come from
White and colored
Can't sit side by side.
Down South on the train
There's a Jim Crow car.
On the bus we're put in the back—
But there ain't no back
To a merry-go-round!
Where's the horse
For a kid that's black?

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Ryan Thompson (7/24/2008 4:14:00 PM)

    well this poem seems to show just how creul segrigation truly was to african american, my names ryan and i live in idaho so i haven meet many african americans but i know that they are part of america too i salute too my black brothers.

    O.o sorry for any mis-spelin'szis (Report) Reply

  • Eldricka Wade (11/9/2006 2:44:00 PM)

    I LOVE this poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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