Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Democracy - Poem by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.


Comments about Democracy by Langston Hughes

  • (5/20/2019 4:59:00 AM)

    I came back from he past to just comment on my poem! 😍 (Report)Reply

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  • (5/1/2019 9:18:00 AM)

    Back in my day we didnt have this kind of technology for 69jokes (Report)Reply

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  • (4/30/2019 10:56:00 AM)

    when was this poem posted (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2019 12:10:00 PM)

    if u were born on April 1st it ur birth a joke? (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2019 12:06:00 PM)

    tekashi 6ix9ine is 23 and has 46 years in prison...23+46=69 🤔 (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2019 12:06:00 PM)

    Yes papi ;) yes daddy ;)
    whyarewestillherejusttosuffer dad ;)
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  • (4/10/2019 11:59:00 AM)

    This world needs to be eradicated. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2019 11:43:00 AM)

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    (4/10/2019 12:08:00 PM)

    reported! ! ! 1!

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  • (2/12/2019 4:50:00 PM)

    I think this poem talking about how people should live (Report)Reply

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  • (1/23/2019 9:35:00 PM)

    /SyntaxError: unexpected ““ in »« (Report)Reply

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  • (1/14/2019 9:48:00 AM)

    This is so epic, Can we start another world war? (Report)Reply

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  • (1/7/2019 11:47:00 AM)

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  • (1/7/2019 11:44:00 AM)

    hit or miss i guess i never miss HUH you got a boyfriend i bet he doesnt kiss ya MOUH (Report)Reply

    (1/24/2019 9:39:00 AM)

    PLEASETELL ME wHy U DID THIS

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  • (3/8/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    I love Garrett Brant even though I'm in 8th grade and he is a senior (Report)Reply

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  • (1/22/2018 8:45:00 AM)

    when was this plushibed (Report)Reply

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  • (5/26/2017 1:02:00 PM)

    This poem is larger than the sky, talks in the freedom of clouds. This poem tells about a million dreams, more clearly than a man can ever think. (Report)Reply

    (1/5/2018 7:54:00 AM)

    This comment is larger than the sky that covers our democracy in blood. The lizard king will rise and steal a million dreams that turns our clouds gray and pollutes the soil beneath our feet. What else is a man besides a mouse. And the lizard lord eats mice... our future doesn't sound free to me.

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  • Madhabi Banerjee (2/9/2017 12:06:00 PM)

    awesome! i l love it (Report)Reply

    (3/8/2018 11:13:00 AM)

    I love Garret Brant even though I'm in 8th grade and he is in 12th grade

    (1/5/2018 7:56:00 AM)

    Awesome! I love it. *

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  • (2/1/2017 6:40:00 AM)

    I do not need my freedom when I am dead.
    I can not live on tomorrow's bread.
    Great reality put forth with equally great conviction. Thanks for sharing it here.
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    (3/8/2018 11:09:00 AM)

    Hi. I love You

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  • Earnest Gatuma (11/4/2016 7:05:00 AM)

    Great poem incorporated with brevity and simplicity. (Report)Reply

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  • Elena Sandu (7/30/2016 10:53:00 PM)

    A timeless poem, I dream one day we will give up living on tomorrow's bread, it feels as such day when humanity will finally turn towards freedom, are much closer now with the help of the internet. We learned now through experience what the world's great poet Langston Hughes taught: that it can not be done
    Through compromise and fear.
    How very true and simple said, we need to stand on own feet. And how complicate seems to get such ability these days...
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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