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

  • Susan Williams (4/13/2018 7:07:00 PM)


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

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/13/2018 5:57:00 PM)


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

  • (4/13/2018 4:14:00 PM)


    So much of life, including what passes for love, attempts to rush us to our demise; but blessed be the sweet soul who finds life is indeed for the living of it. Perhaps it takes walking the fine edges of life's demise for one to secure the vision of the meaning. My old cowboy hat's off in honor of the great poet from whom these words arise. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (4/13/2018 11:55:00 AM)


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

  • (4/13/2018 11:51:00 AM)


    What a beautiful way of looking at life! Excellent! (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (4/13/2018 10:58:00 AM)


    The system wouldn't let me finish my comment because it was too long, so I will try to finish it here:
    The three stanzas I mentioned in the book were like this (and remember that they are also supposed to be in Italics) :

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

    But it was
    High up there!
    It was high!

    Life is fine!
    Fine as wine!
    Life is fine!
    (Report) Reply

    Lantz Pierre (4/13/2018 2:25:00 PM)

    Thank you for the care and attention that the administrators here so often fail to apply.

  • Kim Barney (4/13/2018 10:49:00 AM)


    A fine poem by Langston Hughes, but would have been even better if Poem Hunter had kept the original form. I have a book of poems by Hughes, and it shows the third, sixth, and ninth stanzas of this poem in Italics (which I can't do here, and maybe neither can PH, and that's why they didn't do it?) (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2018 8:09:00 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

    Such an inspiring poem!
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/13/2018 1:24:00 AM)


    Such a fine poem by Langston Hughes👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2017 11:26:00 PM)


    For living I was born
    Life is fine
    A wonderful inspirational poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
    (Report) Reply

    (1/27/2018 1:51:00 PM)

    Good job man

  • 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

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/13/2017 7:54:00 AM)


    Life is fine....

    OF COURSE LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
    Nicely written poem.

    Sylva
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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