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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

December 8, 2010

I just woke up so I sound a little groggy.

Click here for audio post–> Inspiration from Langston Hughes


The Negro Speaks of Rivers
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

3 Comments leave one →
  1. brokeandtoleratingit permalink
    December 8, 2010 4:30 PM

    I remember dissecting this poem to death in English class. Oh the memories.

  2. December 9, 2010 12:55 AM

    Langston Hughes.. and Yusef Komunyakaa have become my favourite poets.. Deeply introspective one, this..

  3. December 10, 2010 10:49 AM

    @brokeandtoleratingit Ugh…why didn’t they just let us enjoy poetry for what it was…beautiful.
    @Bagucci – Your poetry is pretty great too.

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