(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Life Is Fine

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love--
But for livin' I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

by Langston Hughes

Comments (32)

this theme it has been approached nice with an outstanding write. good work, keep it up.
I like the way he approached this topic with humor. Had me chuckling while he was putting his point across. Excellent!
Beautiful poem on life with an outstanding write. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.
So much of life, including what passes for love, attempts to rush us to our demise; but blessed be the sweet soul who finds life is indeed for the living of it. Perhaps it takes walking the fine edges of life's demise for one to secure the vision of the meaning. My old cowboy hat's off in honor of the great poet from whom these words arise.
Such a beautiful poem on life. Flow, concept and rhyming are outstanding. Enjoyed from fist line to last. Thanks for sharing.
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