happy birthday langston

langston hughes would be 111 today – born on this day in 1902. i studied his life and work as an undergrad student. always felt a connection to him. here are two of my favorite LH poems:


I play it cool
I dig all jive
That’s the reason
I stay alive
My motto
As I live and learn
Is dig and be dug in return


Folks, I’m telling you,
birthing is hard and dying is mean—
so get yourself a little loving in between.

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