Life Is Fine Poem by Langston Hughes

Life Is Fine

Rating: 3.9

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love--
But for livin' I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

Kendriana Drayton 26 March 2012

I've been searching for this poem since I was a kid (early middle school) The fact that I remember it years later means something to me! This is great work!

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Amy Alston 28 September 2006

I love this poem. It relates to the struggles in life that would make you want to do something drastic to take care of the problem then you relize that you are here for another purpose. You relize that things could be worst so with living Life is Fine.

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Shodas Femsong 09 March 2009

made me smile..................................................

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Kai Schuster 30 April 2008

I like this poem alot and i tend to agree with amy. People dont always realize that things arent as bad as they seem and this poem iterates to the reader that life is worth living. Even if you are having a bad day, or fee that things arent going you way, it could always be alot worse. This is one of my favorite poems.

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Sanvi Tawade 04 August 2020

It is very nice. I likeed it.

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Marcelo Peter Munga 05 April 2019

this theme it has been approached nice with an outstanding write. good work, keep it up.

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Susan Williams 13 April 2018

I like the way he approached this topic with humor. Had me chuckling while he was putting his point across. Excellent!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 13 April 2018

Beautiful poem on life with an outstanding write. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.

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Anil Kumar Panda 13 April 2018

Such a beautiful poem on life. Flow, concept and rhyming are outstanding. Enjoyed from fist line to last. Thanks for sharing.

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