Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

The Blues - Poem by Langston Hughes

When the shoe strings break
On both your shoes
And you're in a hurry-
That's the blues.

When you go to buy a candy bar
And you've lost the dime you had-
Slipped through a hole in your pocket somewhere-
That's the blues, too, and bad!


Submitted by Denice Jackson


Comments about The Blues by Langston Hughes

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (9/27/2015 1:57:00 PM)


    I like a light-heated poem occasionally. It's good for the soul to be reminded that simple everyday frustrations need to be left behind us with a laugh and a shake of the head. It's good for the human race to be reminded that, be we American, French, Arab, or Eskimo, we have experienced similar frustrations as well as deep joys and deep sorrows. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (9/27/2015 12:41:00 PM)


    This is a good poem, but Langston Hughes wrote many poems better than this one. Too bad one of them was not chosen instead. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman Seema Jayaraman (9/27/2015 10:07:00 AM)


    Brought a smile to the face.. haven't we so many similar situations.. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/27/2015 9:17:00 AM)


    Exquisitely presented real life case. Nice pearl in the poetic necklace. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/27/2015 1:57:00 AM)


    Very nice. It is the most lovable poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan Dawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 5:08:00 PM)


    Well written poem again here (Report) Reply

  • Ryan Lodrick (2/16/2010 7:48:00 PM)


    The blues poem is the best so i love it and it is interesting. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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