English poetry

Poems in English

Still Here

I been scared and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me, Looks […]

Life Is Fine

I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn’t, So I […]


COLORED CHILD AT CARNIVAL Where is the Jim Crow section On this merry-go-round, Mister, cause I want to ride? Down […]

Night Funeral In Harlem

Night funeral In Harlem: Where did they get Them two fine cars? Insurance man, he did not pay His insurance […]

Mother to Son

Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, […]

The Negro Mother

Children, I come back today To tell you a story of the long dark way That I had to climb, […]

The Blues

When the shoe strings break On both your shoes And you’re in a hurry- That’s the blues. When you go […]

Po’ Boy Blues

When I was home de Sunshine seemed like gold. When I was home de Sunshine seemed like gold. Since I […]

Theme For English B

The instructor said, Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you Then, it […]

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 […]