langston.

I’m currently working on a group project for graduate school, designing a few units of curriculum for high school sophomores. We’re designing a unit on the Harlem Renaissance, and I was excited to dive into my old Langston Hughes anthology… I love this poem. Hear Hughes read it here. xo, m

L.H.

L.H.

‘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.

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