Poetry Friday: My People
Happy Poetry Friday and National Poetry Month! I am happy to report that poetry is alive and well in the Children's Room. Yesterday, I had a preschooler ask for My People by Langston Hughes. When I brought the book with its powerful black-and-white photography by Charles R. Smith, Jr. to the little girl and put it in her hands, she chanted my people, my people, my people as she hugged it to her chest.
It fills my heart to know that another generation is discovering the inspiring and beautiful words of Langston Hughes. His legacy lives on, rightfully so. His words will comfort them during hard times and dare them to dream. I can only imagine his pride and the pride of our own Augusta Baker who shared his words with children long ago.
So, for our first Poetry Friday, please savor this masterful poem:
The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.
The stars are beautiful,
So the eyes of my people.
Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.
Check out more of Langston Hughes wonderful work and share it with your family.