Thursday, April 25, 2013

I love Langston Hughes' poetry

Say it ain't so.

Still Here
been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,

Looks like between 'em they done
Tried to make me

Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'--
But I don't care!
I'm still here! 
~Langston Hughes


 Encourage one another,


  1. So glad you're here :-)

    p.s. love the action shot of Katie

  2. Oh to live like this, able to declare boldly when hard times "done tried to make us stop." Thanks for sharing this. I am not at all familiar with Langston Hughes' poetry.


  3. I'm glad Im here too :o)

    He is wonderful. Check him out. Google him :o)

  4. I just wikipedia'd him - Donna, you are broadening us and I love it !

  5. Anonymous10:04 AM

    These photos are perfect bookends for this poem, but Katie in tears almost made me cry. What a great intimate shot. Wow.
    Mary Z

  6. I'm not familiar with this poet; I guess I'll have to wiki him like Susan did.

    The first photo of Katie is so full of emotion and all the more so in black and white. Love the swinging photo--just the touch of playfulness and soul-freedom I need for today. Thank you, Donna.

  7. One of my favorite blues singers, Eric Bibb, references Langston Hughes in one of his songs. He's a keeper.

    The juxtaposition of the two Katies makes me gulp: the tears seem to age her in the top photo and in the bottom she looks like a 'wee gel' (my favorite pronunciation of girl...but you need to say it with a hard 'g').

  8. Anonymous11:23 AM

    I like the poem. As Susan said you are broadening us. Thank ya.

    Have a lovely day,
    Sarah P. from Iowa

    Sophia asked me, why is Katie crying? I said, she was doing math. : )

    1. Anonymous3:29 PM

      Great answer, Sarah! I hope that doesn't scare Sophia off of math! :)
      Mary Z

  9. Haha. That's funny Sarah. This pictures is about three years old. Can't remember exactly why she was crying.

  10. Anonymous11:53 AM

    I love the poem. I had to wikipedia him as well. Thanks for the sharing. Also, your daughter is beautiful!

  11. Anonymous12:04 PM

    Katie is a brave soul, to let her vulnerability be published. She is special and amazing.
    Math was always my arch nemesis........made me feel dumb and less than everyone else in the class. My Mom got me a tutor and it finally clicked (as best it was going to.) I went back to class feeling confident and proud.
    Hang in there Katie Grace! Karen F.

  12. Karen. I think I will get Katie a tutor next year. Her teacher said it was not necessary.... But I will follow your Mom's wise actions.thank you for sharing your story.

  13. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Oh my goodness, Donna, I have loved Langston Hughes since I was in high school. His honest and real pictures of life always amazed me. What a lovely soul.
    Debbie Z.

  14. I wonder if this is the same text that Sondheim set with Elaine May singing 'I'm Still Here'. Great poem. Perseverance!!

  15. Love the poetry you post, Donna.

  16. Well. I'm speechless.
    A beautiful post. Thank you again. You and Katie always make me smile.

  17. Here is better than nowhere.
    : )


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