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

Langston Hughes, "Freedom Seeker" (1927)

Freedom Seeker

By Langston Hughes

I see a woman with wings
Trying to escape from a cage
And the cage door
Has fallen on her wings.
They are long wings
Which drag on the ground
When she stands up,
Rut she hasn’t enough strength
To pull them away

Published in The Crisis, October 1927

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