Democracy by Langston Hughes (1949)

spring, freedom, meadow, tree trunk

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

Source for Poem: Best Poems Encyclopedia

Featured Image Attribution: Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay 

4 Replies to “Democracy by Langston Hughes (1949)”

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Sherrey… <3

    1. You are most welcome, Bette.

  2. Shared this on Facebook . . . somehow missed it last week.

    1. Marian, I just slipped it in for good measure. Thanks for sharing.

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