Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dream Boogie Poem by Langston Hughes


Good morning, daddy!
Ain't you heard
The boogie-woogie rumble
Of a dream deferred?

Listen closely:
You'll hear their feet
Beating out and beating out a -

You think
It's a happy beat?

Listen to it closely:
Ain't you heard
something underneath
like a -

What did I say?

Sure,
I'm happy!
Take it away!

Hey, pop!
Re-bop!
Mop!

Y-e-a-h!

Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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