Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Suicide's Note - Poem by Langston Hughes

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


Comments about Suicide's Note by Langston Hughes

  • Bharati 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

    (5/16/2018 8:45:00 AM)

    No they did not.

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

    You missed the poem entirely.

    7 person liked.
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  • (4/27/2015 9:41:00 AM)


    i killed myself because of this poem


    thank you langston hughes
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  • (4/27/2015 9:39:00 AM)


    i killed myself because of this poem

    thank you langston hughes
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  • (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

  • Rajnish 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

  • Tony 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

  • Katelin 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

  • (9/22/2014 2:39:00 AM)


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

  • (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

  • (6/14/2014 3:20:00 PM)


    Simple and direct. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2014 3:18:00 PM)


    Simple and direct. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Loyd 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

  • (4/23/2013 7:39:00 PM)


    Ha Ha I thought this was hilarious (Report) Reply

  • Dragon 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

  • (4/4/2012 2:09:00 PM)


    I eat suicide for breakfast (Report) Reply

  • Amy 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

  • (2/3/2010 5:28:00 PM)


    i dont like this poem very much i dont like how it is suicide (Report) Reply

  • (7/28/2009 2:47:00 AM)


    I am borderline speachless (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2007 10:43:00 PM)


    i like this poem, because it is a great personification, i wish i could use it for my project. (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2007 11:16:00 PM)


    amazing, and doubly amazing for it's conciseness (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 12, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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