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Langston Hughes. Poetry. Winter Moon. How thin and sharp is the moon tonight! How thin and sharp and ghostly white Is the slim curved crook of the moon tonight!. The Kids in School with Me. When I studied my A-B-C's And learned arithmetic, I also learned in public school

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winter moon
Winter Moon

How thin and sharp is the moon tonight!

How thin and sharp and ghostly white

Is the slim curved crook of the moon tonight!

the kids in school with me
The Kids in School with Me

When I studied my A-B-C's

And learned arithmetic,

I also learned in public school

What makes America tick:

The kid in front

And the kid behind

And the kid across the aisle,

The Italian kid

And the Polish kid

And the girl with the Irish smile,

The colored kid

And the Spanish kid

And the Russian kid my size,

The Jewish kid

And the Grecian kid

And the girl with the Chinese eyes--

We were a regular Noah's ark,

Every race beneath the sun,

But our motto for graduation was:

One for All and All for One!

The kid in front

And the kid behind

And the kid across from me--

Just American kids together

The kids in school with me.

april rain song
April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.

Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.

The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-

And I love the rain.

mother to son
Mother to Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.It's had tacks in it,And splinters,And boards torn up,And places with no carpet on the floor—Bare.But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on,And reachin' landin's,And turnin' corners,And sometimes goin' in the darkWhere there ain't been no light.So, boy, don't you turn back.Don't you set down on the steps.'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.Don't you fall now—For I'se still goin', honey,I'se still climbin',And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. 


Hold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreamsFor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow.

i too
I, Too

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.


I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,"



They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

in time of silver rain
In Time Of Silver Rain

In time of silver rain The earth Puts forth new life again Green grasses grow And flowers lift their heads And over all the plain The wonder spreads

Of life,

Of life,

Of life!

In time of silver rain The butterflies Lift silken wings To catch a rainbow And trees put forth New leaves to sing In joy beneath the sky As down the roadway Passing, boys and girls go singing too, In time of silver rain 

When spring

And life.

Are new.

i dream a world
I Dream a World

I dream a world where manNo other man will scorn,Where love will bless the earthAnd peace its paths adornI dream a world where allWill know sweet freedom's way,Where greed no longer saps the soulNor avarice blights our day.A world I dream where black or white,Whatever race you be,Will share the bounties of the earthAnd every man is free,Where wretchedness will hang its headAnd joy, like a pearl,Attends the needs of all mankind-Of such I dream, my world! 

the blues
The Blues

When the shoe strings break

On both your shoes

And you're in a hurry--

That's the blues.

When you go to buy a candy bar

And you've lost the dime you had--

Slipped through a hole in your pocket somewhere--

That's the blues, too, and bad!

poor rover
Poor Rover

Rover was in clover

With a bone

On the front lawn--

But Rover's fun was over

When his bone

Was gone.

Poor Rover

hope for harlem
Hope for Harlem

There’s a new skyline in Harlem,

It’s tall and proud and fine.

At night its walls are gleaming

Where a thousand windows shine.

There’s a new skyline in Harlem

That belongs to you and me

As the dark old ugly houses

Tumble into memory-

Memories of those dingy stairs,

Memory of my helpless prayers,

Memories of the landlord’s stares

When you asked him for a few repairs

Now there’s a new skyline in Harlem

It’s rising tall and free-

helen keller
Helen Keller

She,In the dark,Found lightBrighter than many ever see.She,Within herself,Found loveliness,Through the soul's own mastery.And now the world receivesFrom her dower:The message of the strengthOf inner power.