I’ve been scarred and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me, sun has baked me,
Looks like between ’em
They done tried to make me
Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’–
But I don’t care!
I’m still here!Langston Hughes
For those of you who missed it, another Hughes poem has been floating around in the political sphere, oddly quoted by Republican presidential candidates who seem not to realize what the poem is saying. Here’s an article about it, and here’s a section from the poem, Let America Be America Again.
O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.