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Categories: Black History Month

Black History Month – Langston Hughes – Good Morning



The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes tribute is “Good Morning.” 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.


Good Morning     

Good morning, daddy!

I was born here, he said,

watched Harlem grow

until colored folks spread

from river to river

across the Middle of Manhattan

out of Penn Station

dark tenth of a nation,

planes from Puerto Rico,

and holds of boats, chico,

up from Cuba Haiti Jamaica,

in buses marked New York

from Georgia Florida Louisiana

to Harlem Brooklyn the Bronx

but most of all to Harlem

dusky sash across Manhattan

I’ve seen them come dark




out of Penn Station

but the trains are late.

The gates open

Yet there’re bars

at each gate.

           What happens 

          to a dream deferred?

           Daddy, ain’t you heard?


This is a video of me interpreting the poem. Check it out then, go create one of your own and send it to me at janeanedavis@janeanesworld.com .

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