Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Children's Rhymes - Poem by Langston Hughes

By what sends
the white kids
I ain't sent:
I know I can't
be President.
What don't bug
them white kids
sure bugs me:
We know everybody
ain't free.

Lies written down
for white folks
ain't for us a-tall:
Liberty And Justice--
Huh!--For All?


Comments about Children's Rhymes by Langston Hughes

  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/5/2019 12:07:00 AM)

    Beautifully penned. Interesting to read. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/4/2019 11:42:00 PM)

    " Lies written down
    for white folks
    aint for us a tall
    Liberty and justice" .
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • marshal (7/4/2019 1:29:00 PM)

    I have enjoyed many of the projects Mr. J.A. Bayona has contributed to. This article makes me look forward to some really interesting, and enjoyable entertainment. Sadly, this appears to be one of the few bright spots, in the general Entertainment industry’s mediocre film and TV offerings. In my opinion, current audiences are happy with subpar productions, as long as they are “free”, and/or a genre type they prefer. http: //www.4cashpath.com/ (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/4/2019 12:43:00 PM)

    The queries are quite obvious but a lot has changed over the years.
    Things are not so out of reach now.
    Thanks.
    (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/4/2019 4:11:00 AM)

    Lies written down! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/4/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    White kids there were presidents
    but their white folks (constitution)
    couldn't tell the words of Liberty and Justice for all! ////////// I think a revolutionist rhyme this is
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Tom Allport (7/4/2019 3:01:00 AM)

    Liberty and justice is just an illusion it only applies to those that can afford it? (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/4/2019 12:33:00 AM)

    A marvelous poem by Langston Hughes....... (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/4/2019 12:14:00 AM)

    What don't bug
    them white kids
    sure bugs me:
    We know everybody
    ain't free.


    great write
    great
    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Jrueue7e7euee7 (2/27/2019 9:17:00 PM)

    6ruururureuurueure (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Primrose TeePrimrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:56:00 PM)

    The poet is truly gifted.. (Report)Reply

    22 person liked.
    14 person did not like.
  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (4/24/2014 8:15:00 AM)

    To quote the words of Dr. King. A person should be judged by
    the content of their character and not the color of their skin. A
    true to life poem that a child could understand.
    (Report)Reply

    20 person liked.
    13 person did not like.
  • * Sunprincess * (3/15/2014 8:25:00 AM)

    ....it is sad there is this racial issue....but this is the gift given to humanity from previous generations...they (the parents) should have taught their children to love one another....love should be taught to children and not hate......hate is a word which should not be... (Report)Reply

    17 person liked.
    10 person did not like.
  • Jonah Whitehurst (2/18/2014 1:38:00 PM)

    This poem spoke to me... (Report)Reply

    27 person liked.
    12 person did not like.
  • Jetty J NewnhamJetty J Newnham (9/22/2012 9:50:00 AM)

    I love this, I really on the writing of people like Hughes, & also Maya Angelou, to understand what life was like I can read history books but the good guys dont always write the books. (Report)Reply

    63 person liked.
    29 person did not like.
  • Melvina GermainMelvina Germain (4/21/2009 4:28:00 AM)

    I wish he would have lived to see that change is taking place and we have that Black President but we still have a long road ahead of us in creating (ONE) among mankind. Ahh but now we know there is hope and definitely possibility, so we move forward with a positive view. (Report)Reply

    86 person liked.
    31 person did not like.
  • Linda WinchellLinda Winchell (1/17/2009 11:31:00 AM)

    Even though Obama is our President and Black, the sin of man is still loud and clear! When one has to overcome all the obsticals in life and some being the way we look, dress, or that color of our skin being different than what is considered acceptable. Life goes on! Good write and I am sorry that he didn't live long enough to see history made. 'God Bless America' (Report)Reply

    60 person liked.
    30 person did not like.
  • Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon (11/11/2008 12:27:00 PM)

    Thank God for Obama who has taught us that little black boys and girls can indeed grow up to be presidents. Hughs died in 1967 and when he wrote those words they were so applicable but a new day has come. And though there is still struggle and strain we have made some great gain. (Report)Reply

    67 person liked.
    26 person did not like.
  • Rakeem 'Voice in Poetry' Person (6/2/2008 4:50:00 PM)

    very powerful even with the voice of a child. something that is still kind of true today, except it may not seem that way on the surface. but thru other more subtle things minority children are still held down. (Report)Reply

    48 person liked.
    28 person did not like.
  • Little Poet (4/28/2008 1:28:00 PM)

    i think it's a great poem that explains the ways black children were basically rejected of their freedom wish. (Report)Reply

    47 person liked.
    27 person did not like.
Read all 28 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: justice, children, child



Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



[Report Error]