Langston Hughes was an American poet for Joplin, Mo
Fun facts about Hughes
Quotes by Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?... Or does it explode?
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
Books and plays by Hughes
Tambourines to Glory
from "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (1920)...
"My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset...."
in The Weary Blues (1926)