Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Lincoln Monument: Washington - Poem by Langston Hughes

Let's go see Old Abe
Sitting in the marble and the moonlight,
Sitting lonely in the marble and the moonlight,
Quiet for ten thousand centuries, old Abe.
Quiet for a million, million years.

Quiet-

And yet a voice forever
Against the
Timeless walls
Of time-
Old Abe.


Comments about Lincoln Monument: Washington by Langston Hughes

  • Michael Walker (11/1/2018 7:23:00 PM)

    A visionary poem about Abraham Lincoln, or rather his marble statue in Washington, where he sits lonely in the moonlight, quiet for ten thousand centuries, 'for a million million years-' old Abe. Yet he is still a voice against the 'timeless walls', which I take to be barriers between different races, different social classes. A short but magnificent ode. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/1/2018 1:59:00 PM)

    To see old Abe! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (11/1/2018 11:25:00 AM)

    A voice for
    Against the timeless walls
    of time
    Old Abe
    An awesome conceptualization.
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  • Glen Kappy (11/1/2018 8:13:00 AM)

    I visited this monument in June. The eyes and hands of it are particularly life-like and well done. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • (11/1/2018 7:02:00 AM)

    Just like time and space, which have no ends, edges and corners, AL's voice too have no ends, edges and corners. They are not time bound even. Brilliantly crafted poem. Congrats on your positioning. X (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (11/1/2018 4:34:00 AM)

    'And yet a voice forever' A voice echoing down the timeless walls. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/1/2018 1:18:00 AM)

    A great write on Lincoln. It is right that it has been selected as the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/1/2018 1:09:00 AM)

    Yes- the monument of Abraham Lincoln is Timeless walls of time /// (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/1/2018 12:51:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Langston Hughes................ (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (5/7/2016 4:04:00 AM)

    Lincoln may have been carved in the marble but the great values he upheld and ideals he fought for will live for ever and cannot be petrified. So, the poem gives reason for Lincoln Museum to be there in Washington. (Report)Reply

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  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/27/2016 2:40:00 AM)

    And yet a voice forever
    Against the
    Timeless walls
    Of time-
    Old Abe.

    Yes Abraham Lincoln will remain the voice forever against all injustice. A man who said his word and left but it is still there.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010



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