Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Pierrot - Poem by Langston Hughes

I work all day,
Said Simple John,
Myself a house to buy.
I work all day,
Said Simple John,
But Pierrot wondered why.
For Pierrrot loved the long white road,
And Pierrot loved the moon,
And Pierrot loved a star-filled sky,
And the breath of a rose in June.
I have one wife,
Said Simple John,
And,faith,I love her yet.
I have one wife,
Said Simple John,
But Pierrot left Pierrette.

For Pierrot saw a world of girls,
And Pierrot loved each one,
And Pierrot thought all maidens fair
As flowers in the sun.
Oh, I am good,
Said Simple John,
The Lord will take me in.
Yes, I am good,
Said Simple John,
But Pierrot's steeped in sin.
For Pierrot played on a slim guitar,
And Pierrot loved the moon,
And Pierrot ran down the long white road
With the burgher's wife one June.


Comments about Pierrot by Langston Hughes

  • Tom Allport (2/12/2017 4:00:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a poem of what will be will be? and what we see and what we do is all part of life's great mystery. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010



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