African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Langston Hughes, "Death of an Old Seaman " (1926)

We buried him high on a windy hill,
But his soul went out to sea.
I know, for I heard, when all was still,
His sea-soul say to me:

Put no tombstone at my head,
For here I do not make my bed.
Strew no flowers on my grave,
I've gone back to the wind and wave.
Do not, do not weep for me,
For I am happy with my sea.

Published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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