Friday, January 23, 2009

Poetry Friday

Inaugurations do strange things to people. They stir up hope, open hearts, and increase empathy.

Still Here
by Langston Hughes

I 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!

Head on over to Laura Salas for the roundup.


Nandini said...

FYI - You're linking to the poem from last week on Mr. Linky at Laura Salas's site! Or did you know that already? Sorry if you've fixed it!

Nandini said...

BTW - I loved the poem!!!

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks, Nandini. Fuzz in my brain this morning.

TadMack said...


I'm going to send it out to people having tough times. Thank you, thank you.

Yat-Yee said...

Tadmack: This poem does inspire some loud responses, doesn't it!

Keep lovin, laughin' and livin'!

Fiddler said...

Love it! Thanks, Yat-Yee.

Kelly Fineman said...

But I don't care - I'm still here! Great poem!

Kelly said...

Keep lovin, livin, laughin.
I'm going to quote that! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Love this poem, thanks for posting it! Have you seen Tony Medina's book, Love to Langston (illus by R. Gregory Christie)? A biographical portrait in poems ... or you could say autobiographical--the poems are written from Hughes' point of view.

Yat-Yee said...

Martha: I don't know the book, but I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!