-by Langston Hughes

Freedom will not come


Langston Hughes (Britannica)

Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.
Is a strong seed
In a great need.
I live here, too.
I want my freedom
Just as you.


freedom    (-by lynn)

freedom will not come
today, this year
nor ever
through socialism’s fear.

each individual has
intrinsic right to
to stand on two feet
and work the land.

i tire of hearing people say,
      capitalism is historically racist
      and the rich must now repay
it’s not freedom to be dead
with fascist bullet in your head.

must move us
to offer justice
to every shade
of children God made
renewal of faith and family
education, jobs, prosperity
less (not more) bureaucracy

ensures real freedom for you and me.




I acknowledge that often those of us with “privilege” have not reached out a hand to help others up.  We must commit to mutual respect and working to change unequal opportunities (not force outcomes).  I am linking to dVerse Poetics this week where HA is hosting…check out more poems inspired by Black History Month!

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anmol(alias HA)
    Feb 14, 2020 @ 13:31:00

    Mutual respect and equal opportunities are indeed important. I like how you talk about justice in this well-worded poem.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 13, 2020 @ 14:44:59

    I know about socialism… but branding everything as socialism has also been a grave excuse to bury good ideas that even out opportunities… for instance,
    free education is not socialism… it’s giving equal opportunities (and sound economics for growth


    • lynn__
      Feb 14, 2020 @ 09:32:16

      The people still pay for any “social” programs with taxes 🙂 I believe educational “choice” would improve it, not government control. Private sector does most things better!


  3. kim881
    Feb 13, 2020 @ 14:03:15

    I agree with Gina, Lynn, your poem is a powerful response to Langston Hughes.


  4. calmkate
    Feb 13, 2020 @ 04:33:05

    LH words truly move me .. and yours was well aligned, respect is vital!


  5. David C Brown
    Feb 13, 2020 @ 04:27:37

    Galatians 5:1: “Christ has set us free in freedom; stand fast therefore, and be not held again in a yoke of bondage”.
    No merely human freedom is lasting.


  6. Christine Bolton
    Feb 12, 2020 @ 19:33:47

    This was really good Lynne. Your poem tied in to Langston Hughes poem perfectly.


  7. Gina
    Feb 12, 2020 @ 15:57:42

    such a powerful response to Langston’s poem and humanity’s current issues.


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