Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Life Is Fine - Poem by Langston Hughes

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!


Comments about Life Is Fine by Langston Hughes

  • Robert Murray Smith (4/13/2017 11:31:00 PM)


    A fine poem that shines with optimism.++10 (Report) Reply

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  • (4/13/2017 11:26:00 PM)


    For living I was born
    Life is fine
    A wonderful inspirational poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Savita Tyagi (4/13/2017 10:37:00 AM)


    Excellent! Lifted up my spirit and made me smile right away. Life is fine! (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (4/13/2017 9:10:00 AM)


    a superb poem of livin' on a wing and a prayer? .............wonderfully written. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (4/13/2017 7:54:00 AM)


    Life is fine....

    OF COURSE LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
    Nicely written poem.

    Sylva
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  • Babatunde Aremu (4/13/2017 7:51:00 AM)


    This poem is a good therapy for those who are depressed. I like it (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/13/2017 5:03:00 AM)


    Down to the river. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Ash Frost (4/13/2017 3:46:00 AM)


    yeah wellsaid life always fine (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/13/2017 2:34:00 AM)


    Fantastic poem reflecting on the value of life. And we should never give up on life. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/13/2017 1:05:00 AM)


    Enthusiastic poem.... thanks for posting (Report) Reply

  • Nika Mcguin (3/8/2017 7:42:00 PM)


    I've got to say this is my favorite poem of all time. Though there are many poems that I like and love, none of them lifts my spirits as much as this poem does! No matter how sad I'm feeling, I read this poem and I find the strength to keep going - because life is fine, fine as wine, life is fine! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/6/2016 9:38:00 AM)


    Amusing with a serious theme....Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine! ....a fine poem (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (10/20/2016 1:06:00 PM)

    Respect Your Life
    Great poem with a message that the life is precious and must be preserved at all cost. Following words from the poem carry forward the message-
    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
    (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/27/2016 2:30:00 AM)


    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

    Good and simple solution for a very big human problem, the thinking of suicide. So with little calculations the speaker came to decide not to commit suicide because life at the very end is good and deserves to be enjoyed. Very good poem with human obligations.
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  • (2/23/2016 11:23:00 AM)


    When was this written? (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2015 12:52:00 AM)


    just awesome. (Report) Reply

  • Nika Mcguin (2/17/2014 4:50:00 PM)


    Comical encouragement at its best! ^^ (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2012 3:45:00 AM)


    This poem makes me realise that the difficult situations we sometimes encounter is not worth giving up on life.
    So yeah, Life is fine
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  • (3/26/2012 4:46:00 PM)


    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! (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2009 10:25:00 PM)


    made me smile.................................................. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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