Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Genius Child - Poem by Langston Hughes

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can -
Lest the song get out of hand.

Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?
Can you love an eagle,
Wild or tame?
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him - and let his soul run wild.


Comments about Genius Child by Langston Hughes

  • (6/8/2015 12:25:00 PM)


    I sometimes feel this way. (Report) Reply

    8 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Loppo Louie (5/20/2015 1:12:00 PM)


    A great potic justice rings out across this land... (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Sharp (11/23/2014 12:33:00 PM)


    This poem was great why do people hate! Because of fear, jealousy, envy I get sick of the same old song over and over! Always the same what do they what from me! (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2013 5:17:00 PM)


    I love this poem....it powerful yet filled with humility. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 23, 2012



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