Langston Hughes quotes

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While over Alabama earth
These words are gently spoken:
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The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
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Babies and gin and church
And women and Sunday
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Clean the spittoons.
The steam in hotel kitchens,
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Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.
Brown sugar lassie,
Caramel treat,
Honey-gold baby
Sweet enough to eat.
Peach-skinned girlie,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
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