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.

Is a strong seed
In a great need.

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

Comments about Democracy by Langston Hughes

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

    awesome! i l love it (Report) Reply

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

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

  • 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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  • (7/30/2016 4:26:00 PM)

    Democracy is no where in true sense when rich enjoys everything and poors are deprived then can they be taken as same for voting? ? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/30/2016 4:19:00 PM)

    To stand on my own two feet! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (7/30/2016 3:21:00 PM)

    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.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Strong words but not violent words. Mankind will win when all peoples are free and all peoples are treated with respect and dignity from the honesty of open hearts.
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  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (7/30/2016 11:13:00 AM)

    This poem is very appropriate in this election season. Some people think that they have more rights than others. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (7/30/2016 11:11:00 AM)

    Tomorrow is another day.
    I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
    I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.
    These 3 line tell the whole story. I need to exercise my freedom of choice, today, not tomorrow, because tomorrow is another day. Great thinking and a wonderful poem.
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  • Ramesh T A (7/30/2016 9:45:00 AM)

    People are the heroes and heroines of democracy! They are the judge in democracy! (Report) Reply

  • Asis Biswas (7/30/2016 1:54:00 AM)

    so many people in india do not have any land.they are floating labourers.urgency you showed to fight for them and for self so., as life's days are passing by, not to come back again. fight is long, can not affort to waste like water now anymore. simple writing of great realisation. keep it up poet langston hughes. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (3/17/2015 3:28:00 AM)

    Only an intense passion for freedom can ensure a powerful democracy. Very emphatic poem. I would like to quote the poet: I do not need my freedom when I'm dead / I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2015 8:07:00 AM)

    A true aspiration for freedom is the theme in the poem and likes. (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2014 6:14:00 PM)

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    After Ancient Greece there is only one country that has know true democracy,
    the United States of America. After Life, Liberty is the most precious gift.
    Don't lose it. This poet knew it!
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    Steven Mendoza (6/6/2015 12:58:00 AM)

    no democracy under slavery
    no democracy under segregation
    no democracy in Guantanamo Bay
    Old black Joe's still pickin' cotton
    Hughes isn't waiting for democracy:
    he's dead.

  • Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:43:00 PM)

    Well written with great meaning (Report) Reply

  • (2/25/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    Freedom DOES exist. But we will not find it by sitting waiting for it to happen. Those who tell us that what will be will be keep us enslaved. If you want democracy; if you want your vote to count and your opinion to be considered- then you have to demand it! Wonderful words. Still relevant to this day. (Report) Reply

  • Kumi Nicholas (8/14/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    Very factual fact. Freedom is what our desires but doesn't exist in reality.i do not need my freedom when I'm dead (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2013 8:59:00 AM)

    this is the freedom we will never have. not when the democracy is raping us. (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2012 12:03:00 AM)

    Love it! ! ! His words are true but yet he seems angry on how the government was run back then only if he was here today he would realize that our freedom is strong and we got thinks that would might never happen. My point is even if we are free, we will never be free if we let people bring us down. Freedom come with a cost! And freedom is still costing us today... (Report) Reply

  • (11/24/2009 8:09:00 PM)

    Never heard more truthful, passionate, angry (but controlled) , heart fluttering words spoken ever before. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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