Langston Hughes in 1925
Laughers
by Langston Hughes
[first published as “My People” in the June 1922 issue of Crisis]


Dream-singers,
Story-tellers,
Dancers,
Loud laughers in the hands of Fate–
     My people.
Dish-washers,
Elevator-boys,
Ladies’ maids,
Crap-shooters,
Cooks,
Waiters,
Jazzers,
Nurses of babies,
Loaders of ships,
Rounders,
Number writers,
Comedians in vaudeville
And band-men in circuses–
Dream-singers all,–
      My people.
Story-tellers all,–
My people.
      Dancers-
God!  What dancers!
    Singers–
God!  What singers!
Singers and dancers
Dancers and laughers.
    Laughers?
Yes, laughers . . . laughers . . . laughers–
Loud-mouthed laughers in the hands
    Of Fate.



* * *


To find more by Langston Hughes in the Crisis Chronicles Online Library, click here.

Even more is available in these volumes:


     

Advertisements