Langston Hughes – Creative

img_0151Creative –  having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas

If you know me, you may know my love for Langston Hughes’ poetry. He reminds me to create with my words. And not just my words, but with my dreams. After all, being a dreamer is only wrong when you let it defer, right?

Due to his poetry, play writing, and novels regarding life as an African American, Langston Hughes was a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. He has created numerous poems highlighting the life and struggle of African Americans in the United States, as well as those of blue collar Americans and other minorities. As much as I want to write about Mr. Hughes I think it’s best I let you read his words for yourself. Enjoy.

I Dream A World

I dream a world where man

No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!

Democracy

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

 

As you can see, I can’t help but feel the challenge to create when I read Langston Hughes’ work. Mr. Hughes, on behalf of everyone who has had the pleasure of reading your work, I salute your creativity. Thank you for inspiring us all to use our voice to speak truths for America while continuing to dream of a better day for us all.

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