Democracy – Langston Hughes

Often on this blog posts consist of me running my mind and my mouth on the events of the day. Today, however, while having lunch at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md., I read the poem ‘Democracy’ by Langston Hughes on the menu and felt it was appropriate to repost on this blog. Thank you Langston Hughes for such a beautiful and sadly appropriate poem:


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


In a great need.

I live here, too.

I want freedom Just as you.

Langston Hughes

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