Langston Hughes in 1925
Song for a Dark Girl


Way Down South in Dixie 
    (Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover 
    To a cross roads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie 
    (Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus 
    What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie 
    (Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow 
    On a gnarled and naked tree.




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