Poem of the Week, by Langston Hughes

My new poems podcast, Words by Wintercan be found here.

IMG_0695From my porch, which is all windows, people walk by in pairs or threes or solo. Some of them stop by my poetry hut and take a poem. Some keep their heads down and never look up. Some are slow and wandery, holding hands and scuffing their feet. Others stare straight ahead and laugh while they chatter to the person on the other end of their earbuds.

I picture them all at home before they headed out into the day, brushing their teeth, turning sideways, appraising themselves. Maybe they smiled into the mirror. Maybe they didn’t. What was in their minds and on their hearts? It feels to me that there are deep wells inside each of us that can’t ever be reached, of unanswered questions and secret happinesses, of loneliness. This tiny poem sings itself through me every day.



Hope, by Langston Hughes

Sometimes when I’m lonely,
don’t know why,
keep thinkin’ I won’t be lonely
by and by.



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One comment

  1. Melissa · August 3, 2020

    Thank you so much for this little gem. I have tried to think of creative ways to share poetry with others so I especially love your poetry hut. It must be so fun picking just the right poems to share and then seeing people pick them up. At Women and Children (one of my very favorite bookstores in Chicago) they also have a fun way to spread poetry — a poetry gumball machine! 🙂 https://news.wttw.com/2019/11/11/gumball-machine-pays-tribute-art-o-mat-poetic-twist


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