Hans Ostrom

Gold Star - 4,719 Points (1954 / California)

Langston Hughes - Poem by Hans Ostrom

In a wilderness of reasons
not to write, he wrote. Just wrote.
Each word was the belief
in the possibility of the next.
He kept it going.

Mostly his days and words talk
quietly, though he could rant and rage.
Mention is what his voices usually do
in a world of self-convinced noise.

Truth mentioned is a sweet brass
note you’ll never forget. Writing,
Langston showed writing to be
an unashamed act, one of the few
in a shameful, shaming world. Words

grin. Words reside. Words throw
a meal together for unexpected friends,
make a garden in front of a brownstone,
come back from long sea voyages
alive. Words aren’t everything,
are not the rent, often
may be only change left from
a last dollar spent in Paris or Reno.

Morning: Hallelujah.
The world goes to its terrible work
of silencing souls. Out
of an open window comes a tapping—
the tick, the tack, the click and the clack,
Jack, of writing. And all those sorry rooftops
get red, get glad, get suave, get saved.

Topic(s) of this poem: writing

Comments about Langston Hughes by Hans Ostrom

  • (3/27/2018 6:48:00 PM)

    Bork bork bork bork BOrK (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (2/26/2017 9:09:00 AM)

    Lovely tribute to literary icon nicely penned with insight. Thanks for sharing Hans. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/22/2016 1:59:00 AM)

    I like chicken they go BOK BOK (Report)Reply

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  • Godfrey Morris (3/9/2015 8:11:00 PM)

    Awesome writer was Langston Hughes. (Report)Reply

    (1/22/2016 2:01:00 AM)

    Chick finger great write too :)

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  • Bernard Snyder (3/9/2015 4:31:00 PM)

    Awesome 'piece' Hans! Thanks for sharing! (Report)Reply

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  • Kewayne Wadley (3/9/2015 7:27:00 AM)

    Greatness! ! ! ! Thanks so much for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/9/2015 2:55:00 AM)

    You have lit a candle love the write (Report)Reply

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  • (10/19/2007 6:42:00 PM)

    WOW! WOW! WOW! What a wonderful, exquisite tribute to one of the world's great poetic voices! It humbles me to think I presume to write poetry, too. Thank you for this jewel!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 19, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 17, 2014

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