Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Song For A Dark Girl - Poem by Langston Hughes

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
On a gnarled and naked tree.

Topic(s) of this poem: girl


Comments about Song For A Dark Girl by Langston Hughes

  • (4/2/2018 11:29:00 AM)


    What hurts the most is that Christ was not white, but that's how most Europeans see Him, because that's how He was portrayed in art. And because of that, the speaker in this poem feels disconnected from Him during a time of evil and tragedy. And too many white people felt justified because they envisioned a God who looked like them, but not like their neighbors. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/11/2018 1:36:00 PM)


    asddrfg.hkuihug, v srry i am so drnk right new (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2018 1:34:00 PM)


    I am so glad that this poem let me have it my way. I am sick and tired of fast food restaurants choosing how much mayo i put on MY burger it just gets me so pissed off. IT IS MY CHOICE WHETHER OR NOT MY ARTERIES GET CLOGGED GET OFF MY BACK MOM IT IS MY LIFE Thank you for reading my comment (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2017 3:28:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a very sad poem about a tragic event, that should never of happened in a so called civilised society? (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/17/2016 8:51:00 AM)


    Way Down South in Dixie
    (Bruised body high in air)
    I asked the white Lord Jesus
    What was the use of prayer.

    Truly what was the use of prayers since HE could not save her but a Black Jesus could have done.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 17, 2015


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