2 x Langston Hughes

foto: Langston Hughes před svým domem v Harlemu (NYC), červen 1958 The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Freedom's Plow

When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,

When a man starts out to build a world,
He starts first with himself
And the faith that is in his heart—
The strength there,

The will there to build.
First in the heart is the dream.
Then the mind starts seeking a way.
His eyes look out on the world (...)


Late Last Night
Sweet and docile,
Meek, humble, and kind:
Beware the day
They change their mind!

In the cotton fields,
Gentle breeze:
Beware the hour
It uproots trees!

source: "The Collected Poems of LANGSTON HUGHES" ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, DAVID ROESSEL (Ed.) (1994)

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