African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

Langston Hughes, "Joy" (1926)

I went to look for Joy,
Slim, dancing Joy,
Gay, laughing Joy,
Bright-eyed Joy,----
And I found her
Driving the butcher's cart
In the arms of the butcher boy!
Such company, such company,
As keeps this young nymph, Joy!


Published in The Crisis, February 1926
Also published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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