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Black History Month – Langston Hughes – As Befits a Man

 

The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is “As Befits a Man.” 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!

 

Janeane Davis

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