Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Warning - Poem by Langston Hughes

Negroes,
Sweet and docile,
Meek, humble and kind:
Beware the day
They change their mind!
Wind
In the cotton fields,
Gentle Breeze:
Beware the hour
It uproots trees!

Topic(s) of this poem: warning


Comments about Warning by Langston Hughes

  • (4/2/2018 11:26:00 AM)


    This one always makes me feel sad. At times, because of mental health issues, I can have trouble controlling my anger. I hate that sometimes I make people feel afraid or wary. This poem invoked the same feeling, only in regard to race relations. I understand it very well. Another thing that makes Hughes great - he can get you to feel what he wants you to feel. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/12/2018 3:39:00 PM)


    It might mean beware of the tornado for it says it uproots trees. I really like it (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Taylor (3/7/2018 10:26:00 PM)


    Caveat lector! Caveat! (Report) Reply

  • Rayana Douglas Ottley (5/28/2017 6:03:00 PM)


    This is one of the poems where what it says is actually y not the meaning.
    This poem is about black people during slavery they we r slaves; sweet docile humble and kind.
    Now here is the warning warning the whites that they will stand up for their rights which they did
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/11/2017 2:10:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a poetic caution to everyone to beware the wind of change. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2015



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