Thursday, November 6, 2008

Children's Rhymes

When I was a chile we used to play,
"One -- two -- buckle my shoe!"
and things like that. But now, Lord,
listen at them little varmints!

     By what sends
     the white kids
     I ain't sent:
     I know I can't
     be President.

There is two thousand children
in this block, I do believe!

     What don't bug
     them white kids
     sure bugs me:
     We knows everybody
     ain't free!

Some of these young ones is cert'ly bad --
One batted a hard ball right through my window
and my gold fish et the glass.

     What's written down
     for white folks
     ain't for us a-tall:
     "Liberty And Justice --
     Huh -- For All."

     Skee! Daddle-de-do!

Salt' peanuts!


          -- Langston Hughes, 1951

Hyde Park


Linda said...

I love that you posted the Hughes poem. Wish I had seen it in a more timely fashion-- my RSS feed isn't updating like I thought it was.

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