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A Renaissance Reading

posted by Robert Gelinas

HughesLangston Hughes was a giant of the renaissance (Harlem, that is).  This was his first published poem which he wrote when he was only a junior in high school.  Simply amazing…

I’ve known rivers:

I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.

I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.

I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its mudd bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:

Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.



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Ed C

posted September 13, 2007 at 12:41 pm


Great poem — I was just listening to Gary Bartz’s song of that tune — it makes me feel good about who I am and where I came from. When I read the news, like what’s happening in Louisiana, the Jena 6, and in W. Virginia, the youg black girl’s raping and torturing by 6 whites, I don’t always feel so good. We need to recapture that strength that flows through us like the ancient dusky rivers.



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Jose

posted September 14, 2007 at 6:20 am


He was brilliant



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