poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Dream Variations

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me-
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening...
A tall, slim tree...
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/18/2020 1:55:00 AM)

    Dark like me....that is my dream! So beautiful!

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (6/6/2019 1:39:00 PM)

    MEMORIES ARE for life long

    it has nothing to do with age

    at each stage

    memories are recorded

    for times again
    we can recall it ah
    when we want it
    dementia be not a refrain

    memories we love for ever
    alas not in vain
    but through our veins

    now please read my poems


    lovely memory it depicts

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  • Architect (2/16/2019 8:52:00 PM)

    Nice poem gggggggggggg

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  • Tommy (4/19/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    i read this 100 times in the last minute

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  • Stephen (4/19/2018 11:34:00 AM)

    What a great poem

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    Tommy(4/19/2018 11:40:00 AM)

    Thank You Stephen

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  • sharon (12/15/2017 1:45:00 AM)

    feeling like a a complete jerk you dont have to tell me how mad you are because why would do something like that not i am misified

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  • Stephanie Samuels (11/17/2017 12:17:00 AM)

    This was the first Black Poem I learned in kindergarten. I recited it on stage at my first program♡

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  • Rahul ShilRahul Shil (7/29/2017 9:03:00 PM)

    Great poem

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  • Holly Dowell (2/2/2016 11:51:00 PM)

    My favorite poem to teach with for 22 years! ! !

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  • Slenderman (10/17/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    It's interesting how this poem might be a metaphor for me.

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    Holly Dowell(2/2/2016 11:51:00 PM)

    TROLL/violent video game pretending to be dark man. So original...be gone, utter stagnation! !

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  • Tiefa Jynielle (3/23/2012 12:30:00 PM)

    This poem made me smile.

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  • Iris Westry (1/12/2010 12:06:00 AM)


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  • William Simpson (1/11/2009 7:26:00 PM)

    Genuinely absorbing; both to young and old alike, whatever the color. Mr. Hughes has permitted us to dream, and to be; in all of the glory imaginable by any reader; any age.

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  • Riquetta Elliott (4/23/2008 1:33:00 PM)

    Like this one its really good.

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  • Rick James (1/18/2008 7:33:00 AM)

    I'm Rick Jamessss, b! tch!

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  • Chris Hansen (1/18/2008 7:30:00 AM)

    I'm Chris Hansen, from dateline NBC....I will catch you Micheal Jackson!

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  • Micheal Jackson (1/10/2008 12:03:00 PM)

    hey kiley, i see you. i'm always watching you =)

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