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

Langston Hughes, "For Salome" (1927)

For Salome 

By Langston Hughes 

Is no sweetness
In the kiss
Of a mouth
Unwarm and dead
And even passion's
Flaming bliss
Turns ashen
In a charnel bed.
Of the wine red lips,
What would you with Death's head?

Published in The Messenger, June 1927

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