22. February 2015 · 30 comments · Categories: Inspiration · Tags: ,

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You can find serenity in learning to love yourself first. ¬†Everyone has heard the expression, “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The second part of that statement in many ways is easier for many people. It seems to be common sense to be nice to others. People understand being courteous to others – holding doors, not interrupting, giving another the best that one has to offer. In most home there is a guest bedroom, guest towels and other special niceties for others. No one ever thinks of this as unusual. It seems to be common sense that one should be nice to guests, visitors and others. Why then, do so many people have such a hard time showing themselves love?¬† More »

The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is Vagabonds. During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

Vagabonds

We are the desperate
Who do not care,
The hungry
Who have nowhere
To eat
No place to sleep,
The tearless
Who cannot
Weep. More »

 

The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is Dream Variations. During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

 

As Befits a Man

 

I don’t mind dying – 

But I’d hate to die all alone!

I want a dozen pretty women

To holler, cry and moan.

I don’t mind dying -

But I want my funeral to be fine:

A row of long tall mamas

Fainting, fanning and crying.

 

I want a fish-tail hearse

And sixteen fish-tail cars,

A big brass band

And a whole truck load of flowers.

 

When they let me down,

Down into the clay,

I want the women to holler:

Please don’t take him away!

      Ow-ooo-oo-o!

Don’t take daddy away!

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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is “Old Walt.” During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

Old Walt

Old Walt Whitman
Went finding and seeking,
Finding less than sought
Seeking more than found,
Every detail minding
Of the seeking or the finding.

Pleasured equally
In seeking as in finding,
Each detail minding,
Old Walt went seeking
And finding. More »

The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes tribute is “Ballad of a Girl Whose Name is Mud.” During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will start the month with my favorite poem and share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes life richer and better.

Ballad of a Girl Whose Name is Mud

A girl with all that raising,
It’s hard to understand
How she could get in trouble
With a no-good man.

The guy she gave her all to
Dropped her with a thud
Now amongst decent people,
Dorothy’s name is mud.

But nobody’s see her shed a tear,
Nor seen her bang her head.
Aint even heard her murmur,
Lord, I wish I was dead!

No! The hussy’s telling everybody-
Just as if it was no sin-
That if she had a chance-
She’d do it agin!

 

This poem has so much going on with it! Take a minute to look beyond the story of a young woman who got into trouble over a man. That is a story that is old and gets older the more it is told. Instead look at the resilience of th young girl. Look at the haughtiness she has that is so common in the young. She admits she did wrong, but insists she will not let that wrong ruin her life. She if moving onward and upward. She is not keeping her head bowed. She is not allowing herself to be defeated or to bow to th bad words and murmuring that is surly going on around her. Instead, she is moving forward and declaring she will give life another shot.

This is a valuable lesson for us all. When you mess up and things seem horribly wrong, be encouraged, keep moving forward with determination. You cannot control the rumors of those around you, but you can control how you react to the rumors and how you let defeats impact your life. Sometimes, you have to suck it up and move forward so that you can get back on track. Do not let defeats keep you down for ever. Instead, admit a mistake was made, apologize and then take steps to make things better. No where in the prior statement do you see an admonition that you hang your head in shame. There are only 24 hours in a day. When you mess up, fess up, fix up and then keep moving forward!

If you want to get some Langston Hughes books of your own, check out the following. Please note, these are affiliate links which means I may earn income if you purchase one of these books.

1. This is the book I keep on my desk in my office. It is worn out and the edges are frayed because I use it so much. It was a gift from my husband which makes it a special treasure.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)


2. The Simple stories were my introduction to Langston Hughes. They are an incredible combination of entertainment, sociology and politics of the time.

The Early Simple Stories (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol 7)


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