Words of Freedom poems by: Langston Hughes
These poems can be found in the anthology,
edited by Joel Conarroe,
Six American Poets
Aunt Sue's Stories
Aunt Sue has a head full of stories.
Aunt Sue has a whole heart full of stories.
Summer nights on the front porch
Aunt Sue cuddles a brown-faced child to her bosom
And tells him stories.
Black slaves Working in the hot sun,
And black slaves Walking in the dewy night,
And black slaves Singing sorrow songs
on the banks of a mighty river
Mingle themselves softly
In the flow of old Aunt Sue's voice,
Mingle themselves softly
In the dark shadows that cross and recross Aunt Sue's stories.
And the dark-faced child, listening,
Knows that Aunt Sue's stories are real stories.
He knows that Aunt Sue never got her stories
Our of any book at all,
But that they came Right our of her own life.
The dark-faced child is quiet
Of a summer night Listening to Aunt Sue's stories.  
Dream Variations
To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me- That is my dream!
to fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done
. Rest at pale evening...
A tall, slim tree...
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.  
To the glory of God!
To glory!
A gospel shout
And a gospel song:
Life is short
But god is long!
To Glory!

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