The Negro Speaks of Rivers

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  1. BlackSoultan Ad Infinitum

    BlackSoultan Ad Infinitum aka Billy Shoreview

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    I've known rivers:
    I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
    flow of human blood in human veins.

    My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

    I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
    I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
    I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
    I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
    went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
    bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

    I've known rivers:
    Ancient, dusky rivers.

    My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

    -- Langston Hughes
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  2. BlackSoultan Ad Infinitum

    BlackSoultan Ad Infinitum aka Billy Shoreview

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    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.

    Tomorrow,
    I'll be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobody'll dare
    Say to me,
    "Eat in the kitchen,"
    Then.

    Besides,
    They'll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed--

    I, too, am America.

    -- Langston Hughes
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    El Hefe New Member

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  4. Mind~$oul

    Mind~$oul I'm Pretty

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    I read in the Reader by Langston Hughes that he wrote The Negro Speaks of Rivers, when he was 16 years old
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  5. lpoet

    lpoet POET

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    i remember this from long ago.......always liked this piece...makes me wanna go buy a poetry book
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  6. runofthejamill

    runofthejamill or not.

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  7. WordStylez

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    Langston Hughes is one of the true Kings of poetry.

    Beautiful.

    ~1~
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  8. nice! especially the first
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  9. DmetriusDog

    DmetriusDog New Member

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    im feelin the name of it, actual poem is ill too, but the name is the illest ever heard
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  10. absolute zero

    absolute zero Among the living

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    who is janitor 2?????????
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