Negro Speaks Of Rivers

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 muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

by Langston Hughes

Comments (10)

Wonderful write...heart-touching lines..
yyeeaahh, great poem? i think it's gone to far.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers. A well chosen image of comparison. Great poem! Sylva-Onyema Uba
we all lived by a river, the river of life
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