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I’m all alone in this world, she said,

Ain’t got nobody to share my bed,

Ain’t got nobody to hold my hand—

The truth of the matter’s

I ain’t got no man.

Big Boy opened his mouth and said,

Trouble with you is

You ain’t got no head!

If you had a head and used your mind

You could have me with you

All the time.

She answered, Babe, what must I do?

He said, Share your bed—

And your money, too.
Langston Hughes

Bad Morning

Here I sit

With my shoes mismated.


I's frustrated!

Langston Hughes


My old man's a white old man

And my old mother's black.

If ever I cursed my white old man

I take my curses back.

If ever I cursed my black old mother

And wished she were in hell,

I'm sorry for that evil wish

And now I wish her well

My old man died in a fine big house.

My ma died in a shack.

I wonder were I'm going to die,

Being neither white nor black?

Langston Hughes

Two poets i have researched:
Billy Collins
Billy Collins is a white man who was born in New York City in 1941 and lives in Somers, New York. His poetry has appeared in anthologies, text books, and variety of periodicals. In 2001, he was named US Poet Laureate and was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as "Literary Lion" in 1992.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1917 and was raised in Chicago. She wrote 20+ books of poetry. She died December, 3 2000. Named Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois in 1968. Received many other honors.