English poetry

Poems in English

Juke Box Love Song

I could take the Harlem night And wrap around you, Take the neon lights and make a crown, Take the […]


2 and 2 are 4. 4 and 4 are 8. But what would happen If the last 4 was late? […]

Madam And Her Madam

I worked for a woman, She wasn’t mean But she had a twelve-room House to clean. Had to get breakfast, […]

Minstrel Man

Because my mouth Is wide with laughter And my throat Is deep with song, You do not think I suffer […]

Dream Variations

To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day […]

I, Too, Sing America

I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, […]

Freedoms Plow

When a man starts out with nothing, When a man starts out with his hands Empty, but clean, When a […]

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 […]

The Weary Blues

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune, Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon, I heard a Negro play. Down on […]

Madam And The Phone Bill

You say I O. K. ed LONG DISTANCE? O. K. ed it when? My goodness, Central That was then! I’m […]

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a […]

Walkers With The Dawn

Being walkers with the dawn and morning, Walkers with the sun and morning, We are not afraid of night, Nor […]


The gold moth did not love him So, gorgeous, she flew away. But the gray moth circled the flame Until […]

The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human […]


Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. I have as much right As the […]