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

  • 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

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  • 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
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  • 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

  • (4/30/2008 8:53:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2008 5:58:00 PM)

    wow. i am doing this poem in school...... it really gets to me. i understand that, which is pretty rare with poems like this.... (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2006 10:23:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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