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

Langston Hughes, "Boy" (1928)

He was somewhat like Ariel
   And somewhat like Puck
And somewhat like a gutter boy
   Who loves to play in muck.

He had something of Bacchus
   And something of Pan
And a way with women
   Like a sailor man.

He was straight and slender
   And solid with strength
And lovely as a young tree
   All his virile length.

He couldn't have been a good man,
   All shut up in a cell,
'Cause he'd "rather be a sinner,"
   He said,—"and go to hell." 

Published in Carolina Magazine, May 1928

This page has tags: