Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Jazzonia

Poem by Langston Hughes

Oh, silver tree!
Oh, shining rivers of the soul!

In a Harlem cabaret
Six long-headed jazzers play.
A dancing girl whose eyes are bold
Lifts high a dress of silken gold.

Oh, singing tree!
Oh, shining rivers of the soul!

Were Eve's eyes
In the first garden
Just a bit too bold?
Was Cleopatra gorgeous
In a gown of gold?

Oh, shining tree!
Oh, silver rivers of the soul!

In a whirling cabaret
Six long-headed jazzers play.


Comments about Jazzonia by Langston Hughes

  • hashir (8/20/2019 8:56:00 AM)

    do you think such a world is possible -if not /why not -is told by james langston hughes in the poem i dream a world(Report)Reply

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  • Brandon (3/9/2018 10:00:00 AM)

    KEVIN I N G A S S H O L E(Report)Reply

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  • Anita Wisniewska (3/2/2009 4:18:00 AM)

    thank you, to whoever posted this. Just so beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • Little Poet (4/23/2008 2:07:00 PM)

    this poem is a great example of what many places were like during the harlem renasance (well i can't spell very good)(Report)Reply

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  • Lulu Bailey (11/18/2007 8:48:00 AM)

    very nice to read i give youa(10) !(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003