Brass Spittoons

Clean the spittoons, boy.
Detroit,
Chicago,
Atlantic City,

by Langston Hughes Click to read full poem

Comments about Brass Spittoons

Ratnakar Mandlik 18 Jun 11:27
Harsh realities of life faced by the downtrodden and their pathetic condition revealed. Worthy of modern poem of the day
Luis Estable 18 Jun 04:02
I like the rhythm of many of Langston Hughes poems. They read like some kind of good- sounding song. This one tells of a life that is very much with the black experience.
Mahtab Bangalee 18 Jun 10:49
Clean Have to clean Indoor to outdoor Ground to sky Boy to girl Child to old Brothel to prayer place Summer to winter Clean Have to clean......
Dr Tony Brahmin 18 Jun 03:30
House rent to pay. Gin on Saturday, Church on Sunday. My God! Babies and gin and church.. very good poem. tony
Michael Walker 17 Nov 2019 09:53
This is the way in which white masters spoke to their negro servants, addressing them as 'boy'. It is also the superior tone of the masters' speech. The poem succeeds as satire or protest. The negro's life is not very inspiring- buy shoes, pay rent, a nickel, a dime. The last line is an insult to a negro.
Lee Boueri 17 Nov 2019 04:32
A time in history before smoking laws, before the civil rights movement. Chewing tobacco shared social acceptability with cigarettes. Black people were kept subjugated struggling to make ends meet. Working in society's lowest paid jobs, living below the poverty line, treated with contempt. Self medicating with alcohol to cope. Raised to thank the Lord for his good graces. White men thought they were gods. This piece says it all without saying any of it. Beautifully crafted.
Mahtab Bangalee 17 Nov 2019 04:09
My God! Babies and gin and church And women and Sunday All mixed with dimes and Dollars and clean spittoons And house rent to pay...// penned beautifully
Kingsley Egbukole 17 Nov 2019 02:09
Every job is dignified in a way as long as you legitimately earn your living from it. Beautiful one.
Edward Kofi Louis 17 Nov 2019 01:16
Buy shoes for the baby and polish them. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Tom Allport 24 Dec 2016 11:45
because of spittoons some of us live to day, so hold your heads high....... we deserve it
Margaret O Driscoll 09 Feb 2016 05:33
I get from this piece that no matter how lowly the task is the worker takes pride in doing the job well
Kim Barney 18 Nov 2014 02:33
Once again Poem Hunter has used the previous year's poem of the day on November 18 as this year's poem of the day on November 18. Why can't they actually read and choose some of the newer poems?
Aftab Alam Khursheed 18 Nov 2014 01:07
I just love Langston Hughes - my favourite
Claude H Oliver Ii 18 Nov 2013 01:20
Life at society's bottom rung - cleaning the residue of those more fortunate. One man's garbage can be another one's gold or certainly his livelihood.