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Love Poems: Words of Langston Hughes

Updated on June 13, 2013
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Written words are powerful. The words don’t just simply come out unnecessarily and without meaning. They represent the person’s belief, way of life and even character. In a time when writing poems and short stories are unpopular, it is most convenient to just borrow the thoughts of the most celebrated poets from way back then.

When it comes to soulful poems, one of the top 10 legendary poets that come to mind is Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902-May 22, 1967). Living at a time when racial discrimination (Whites against Black Race) was rampant, he took refuge on his writings.

Poems on love

Langston Hughes has less collection of love poems than his poems on social issues. But as few as they were, the quality’s the same. The passion with which he lived his life courses through the words of his poems.

Quiet Girl

I would liken you

To a night without stars

Were it not for your eyes.

I would liken you

To a sleep without dreams

Were it not for your songs.

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Excerpt from To Artina

I will take your heart.

I will take your soul out of your body

I will not be satisfied

With the touch of your hand

I will take your heart for mine.

I will take your soul.

Love Song for Lucinda

Love

Is a ripe plum

Growing on a purple tree.

Taste it once

And the spell of its enchantment

Will never let you be.

Love

Is a bright star

Glowing in far Southern skies.

Look too hard

And its burning flame

Will always hurt your eyes.

Love

Is a high mountain

Stark in a windy sky.

If you

Would never lose your breath

Do not climb too high.

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Songs

I sat there singing her

Songs in the dark.

She said;

‘I do not understand

The words.’

I said;

‘There are

No words.’

Conclusion

There’s always an artist, a poet and a writer within all of us. Some managed to let it out while others choose to shut it out for all time. Good thing is that whenever we feel the need to feed that poet within, we have at our disposal (thanks to the power of the internet!) the same words for which Anthony crooned Cleopatra.

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    • duffsmom profile image

      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      I've always loved his work. Well done, I enjoyed this.

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Thanks duffsmom. Yes I've heard his name before but has just started reading his works and they're really very good. =)

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