poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

#6 on top 500 poets

Suicide's Note

The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.

Poem Submitted: Friday, September 12, 2003
Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Add this poem to MyPoemList

Rating Card

4,0 out of 5
204 total ratings
rate this poem

Comments about Suicide's Note by Langston Hughes

  • Nicole SettimiNicole Settimi (3/15/2019 6:03:00 PM)

    Ugh, I love him so much. That's it. All I have.

    Xx NDS

    Report Reply
    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/12/2019 1:34:00 AM)

    So much said in so few words. Powerful use of words.

    Report Reply
    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Brett White (3/9/2019 5:26:00 PM)

    Mine would read:

    Milk and Eggs are still fresh.

    Report Reply
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (12/3/2015 1:54:00 AM)

    A suicide's note-Does it really mean suicide? Kiss is for love only.Perhaps the poet is referring to love in whose depth he wants to die.- - Short and beautiful.

    Report Reply
    loloo(5/16/2018 8:45:00 AM)

    No they did not.

    Steven Mitchell(3/18/2018 7:12:00 AM)

    You missed the poem entirely.

    8 person liked.
    29 person did not like.
  • Tylar Kennamer (4/27/2015 9:41:00 AM)

    i killed myself because of this poem


    thank you langston hughes

    Report Reply
    17 person liked.
    45 person did not like.
  • Tylar Kennamer (4/27/2015 9:39:00 AM)

    i killed myself because of this poem

    thank you langston hughes

    Already Reported Reply
    13 person liked.
    33 person did not like.
  • Kay Staley (3/26/2015 9:08:00 AM)

    How gentle and sweet it makes suicide sound. How utterly simple; it almost draws you to wish you could feel the kiss of the river for yourself. Such power with such effortless words...just goes to show how impactful of a writer Langston Hughes was.

    Report Reply
    29 person liked.
    12 person did not like.
  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (3/17/2015 1:58:00 AM)

    Even a suicide note can have the ingenuity of a versatile poet. That's great.

    Report Reply
    16 person liked.
    10 person did not like.
  • Tony AdahTony Adah (11/21/2014 10:15:00 PM)

    The suicider must have accomplished
    killing himself in a river. Loaded but short.
    I love it!

    Report Reply
    12 person liked.
    15 person did not like.
  • Katelin TaylorKatelin Taylor (11/17/2014 2:29:00 AM)

    It took me a moment to understand, but then it hit me like a freight train. Well done.

    Report Reply
    17 person liked.
    14 person did not like.
  • Mohamed Mahou (9/22/2014 2:39:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. It attracts the reader's attention through its simplicity and deep meaning.

    Report Reply
    19 person liked.
    12 person did not like.
  • Cammia Holmes (7/10/2014 6:23:00 AM)

    Simply Brilliant. Simply Beautiful.
    Though short, it shows the heart and mind of a suicide victim.
    I absolutely love this poem.

    Report Reply
    19 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
  • Richard Phoenix (6/14/2014 3:20:00 PM)

    Simple and direct. I love it!

    Report Reply
    15 person liked.
    6 person did not like.
  • Richard Phoenix (6/14/2014 3:18:00 PM)

    Simple and direct. I love it!

    Report Reply
    13 person liked.
    9 person did not like.
  • Loyd C Taylor SrLoyd C Taylor Sr (5/9/2014 6:15:00 PM)

    Hello Langston. Sad poem, well written. Good work.
    I posted a new poem today about suicide, titled I'll Put Some Coffee On you might enjoy. Blessings to you friend! Loyd

    Report Reply
    10 person liked.
    13 person did not like.
  • Joshua Ford (4/23/2013 7:39:00 PM)

    Ha Ha I thought this was hilarious

    Report Reply
    10 person liked.
    52 person did not like.
  • Dragon CrenshawDragon Crenshaw (12/19/2012 10:50:00 AM)

    so basically the person drowned them self in a river? i'm just alittle confused on that but the poem's really good.

    Report Reply
    15 person liked.
    55 person did not like.
  • Josh Mattingly (4/4/2012 2:09:00 PM)

    I eat suicide for breakfast

    Report Reply
    24 person liked.
    66 person did not like.
  • Amy MarieAmy Marie (2/7/2010 3:19:00 PM)

    This poem is short, but I love the theme of Suicide ;) I thought that I was the only one who personified it...

    Report Reply
    36 person liked.
    50 person did not like.
  • Diane Rastider (2/3/2010 5:28:00 PM)

    i dont like this poem very much i dont like how it is suicide

    Report Reply
    16 person liked.
    75 person did not like.



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: river, kiss, suicide