Langston Hughes in 1925
Beggar Boy
by Langston Hughes
[first published in the September 1922 issue of Crisis]


What is there within this beggar lad
That I can neither hear nor feel nor see,
That I can neither know nor understand
And still it calls to me?

Is not he but a shadow in the sun–
A bit of clay, brown, ugly, given life?
And yet he plays upon his flute a wild free tune
As if Fate had not bled him with her knife!



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