Life is Fine, tribute to Langston Hughes

Life is Fine, tribute to Langston Hughes

Down at the river, it is cold
So I walk fast down the bank.
I try to think but I can’t,
So I jump in and sink.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn’t a-been so cold
I might’ve sunk and died. Very little is invented here.

I jumped up on the banks and started dancing.

It was      Cold in that water!      It was cold!

I went up, up, up
To the top of the cliff, way above the ground.
I thought about my life
And thought I might leap down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn’t a-been so high
I might’ve jumped and died.

But it was      High up there!      It was high!

So since I’m still here

I will live on.
I could’ve died

But for living I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry—
I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

I am not an expert chess player, but

Life is fine!      Fine as wine!      Life is fine!

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About m.a. wood

writer, thinker, musician, teacher
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3 Responses to Life is Fine, tribute to Langston Hughes

  1. amabear says:

    “for living i was born” great line.
    xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

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