Monday, January 11, 2010

Poem for the day...

I love this poem. It's so melodious and has rich, vibrant imagery.

Daybreak in Alabama

When I get to be a composer
I'm gonna write me some music about
Daybreak in Alabama
And I'm gonna put the purtiest songs in it
Rising out of the ground like a swamp mist
And falling out of heaven like soft dew.
I'm gonna put some tall tall trees in it
And the scent of pine needles
And the smell of red clay after rain
And long red necks
And poppy colored faces
And big brown arms
And the field daisy eyes
Of black and white black white black people
And I'm gonna put white hands
And black hands and brown and yellow hands
And red clay earth hands in it
Touching everybody with kind fingers
And touching each other natural as dew
In that dawn of music when I
Get to be a composer
And write about daybreak
In Alabama.

Langston Hughes

1 comment:

  1. Erica, I love your blog! I love the poems/quotes you choose to share and then I laugh so hard at your other posts. I do love this poem by Hughes. I like most of his stuff. We had an entire unit on his work in one of my literature classes. Though I don't remember it specifically, I remember thinking his words were very powerful. This poem was very familiar to me...we went over it in class. I wish I could throw words together and make it sound like that.