Langston Hughes

Black History Month Day 4.

The Negro Speaks of Rivers
By Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
xxxxxflow 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
xxxwent down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
xxxbosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.


This poem is in public domain.

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