Sunday, January 18, 2009

I, Too, Sing America

Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

I believe the day has finally arrived when "the darker brother" can eat in the dining room at the head of the table. It's about time. Amen.


Jenster said...

This poem is timeless - or maybe timely is the better word. :o)

Bookwormom said...

This poem is both, I agree. Langston Hughes is one of my favorite writers, I think.