Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Gods

Poem by Langston Hughes

The ivory gods,
And the ebony gods,
And the gods of diamond and jade,
Sit silently on their temple shelves
While the people
Are afraid.
Yet the ivory gods,
And the ebony gods,
And the gods of diamond-jade,
Are only silly puppet gods
That the people themselves
Have made.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010