Langston Hughes in 1925
Danse Africaine
by Langston Hughes
[first published in the August 1922 issue of Crisis]

The low beating of the tom-toms,
The slow beating of the tom-toms, 
        Low … slow 
        Slow … low–
        Stirs your blood. 
A night-veiled girl 
        Whirls softly into a 
        Circle of light. 
        Whirls softly… slowly,
Like a wisp of smoke around the fire–
        And the tom-toms beat, 
        And the tom-toms beat,
And the low beating of the tom-toms 
        Stirs your blood.

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