Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Creative Inspiration: Langston Hughes

It seems an appropriate day ...


I, Too
by Langston Hughes

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.

6 comments:

Angela said...

Beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing. I'm not sure I'll be able to move away from the TV today. Want to see every historic moment.

Burcu said...

This is great and very meaningful, Jan, isn't it?
And i'm very hopeful about this big change! What about you?

Hugs

Burcu

Leslie said...

I love this poem. Thanks for sharing it on this exciting day!

Jan said...

Hi all! I've been out of town for a week ... and missed all the festivities on TV today, but can't wait to watch clips tonight. I am very hopeful re: the nation uniting for positive change -- I do have hope!

Anonymous said...

And I am scared #@$%^&less of how this ia going to play out.

Jan said...

Well, hope and fear aren't all that far apart ...