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Poetry Friday: Tired by Langston Hughes

January 20th, 2017 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: Clearest Blue by Chvrches

I am so tired of waiting,
Aren't you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
And cut the world in two -
And see what worms are eating
At the rind.

- Langston Hughes

Dear readers, and writers, and bloggers, and teachers, and librarians, and publishers, and mentors: A lot of people are feeling the weight of the world right now. Lend them your ear, and your shoulder. Let them share their stories with you, and share your stories with them. Lend them books that have helped you get through hard times, and encourage them to read, and write, and speak, and share. Words can heal. Believe in the power of books. Keep hope alive.

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Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: January 21st, 2017 01:46 am (UTC)
waiting

Like Hughes, I am tired of waiting for the world to be kind, but I wonder if cutting it into will help?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 21st, 2017 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: waiting

See above: I forgot to include a paragraph in my original post, which I also shared at the GuysLitWire blog. :)

Posted by: Violet Nesdoly (Violet Nesdoly)
Posted at: January 21st, 2017 05:23 am (UTC)

What a great poem, and post. I like this line: "A lot of people are feeling the weight of the world right now. Lend them your ear..." My one little word for this year is Listen, and that is one thing I will try to do. Take care of yourself.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 21st, 2017 05:25 am (UTC)

Listening is so very important.

The fact that "silent" and "listen" are anagrams is astounding.

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2017 12:35 pm (UTC)

Amen.

As for the cutting the world in two, I take that to mean looking closely and staying engaged, even if what you see is horrifying. If there are worms eating the rind, toss that one to the compost and find one that is fresh and healthy, vibrant and life giving.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2017 07:00 pm (UTC)

Exactly: Look at what's happening, be aware of the truth, and find a way to make things better instead of worse!

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