Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Suicide's Note

The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.

Submitted: Friday, September 12, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,409 Points Kay Staley (3/26/2015 9:08:00 AM)

    How gentle and sweet it makes suicide sound. How utterly simple; it almost draws you to wish you could feel the kiss of the river for yourself. Such power with such effortless words...just goes to show how impactful of a writer Langston Hughes was. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,005 Points Rajnish Manga (3/17/2015 1:58:00 AM)

    Even a suicide note can have the ingenuity of a versatile poet. That's great. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,941 Points The Princess (11/24/2014 10:20:00 PM)

    I definitely thought this poem described perfectly how the mind of a person who wants to commit suicide may feel. Even though short the words are powerful and unbelievably real. Thank you for sharing this. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,274 Points Tony Adah (11/21/2014 10:15:00 PM)

    The suicider must have accomplished
    killing himself in a river. Loaded but short.
    I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 60 Points Katelin Taylor (11/17/2014 2:29:00 AM)

    It took me a moment to understand, but then it hit me like a freight train. Well done. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 88 Points Mohamed Mahou (9/22/2014 2:39:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. It attracts the reader's attention through its simplicity and deep meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cammia Holmes (7/10/2014 6:23:00 AM)

    Simply Brilliant. Simply Beautiful.
    Though short, it shows the heart and mind of a suicide victim.
    I absolutely love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Richard Phoenix (6/14/2014 3:20:00 PM)

    Simple and direct. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Richard Phoenix (6/14/2014 3:18:00 PM)

    Simple and direct. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,351 Points Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (5/9/2014 6:15:00 PM)

    Hello Langston. Sad poem, well written. Good work.
    I posted a new poem today about suicide, titled I'll Put Some Coffee On you might enjoy. Blessings to you friend! Loyd (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joshua Ford (4/23/2013 7:39:00 PM)

    Ha Ha I thought this was hilarious (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dragon Crenshaw (12/19/2012 10:50:00 AM)

    so basically the person drowned them self in a river? i'm just alittle confused on that but the poem's really good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Josh Mattingly (4/4/2012 2:09:00 PM)

    I eat suicide for breakfast (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Amy Marie (2/7/2010 3:19:00 PM)

    This poem is short, but I love the theme of Suicide ;) I thought that I was the only one who personified it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Diane Rastider (2/3/2010 5:28:00 PM)

    i dont like this poem very much i dont like how it is suicide (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Courtney Fay (7/28/2009 2:47:00 AM)

    I am borderline speachless (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kia Jones (6/3/2007 10:43:00 PM)

    i like this poem, because it is a great personification, i wish i could use it for my project. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Emily Zee (1/1/2007 11:16:00 PM)

    amazing, and doubly amazing for it's conciseness (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Melvina Germain (10/18/2006 12:14:00 AM)

    This says it all, excellent--Melvina-- (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dusty Slate (9/22/2006 4:03:00 AM)

    Perfection, no doubt-simple but revealing. (Report) Reply

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