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

Langston Hughes, "Liars" (1925)

It is we who are liars:
The Pretenders-to-be who are not
And the Pretenders-not-to-be who are.
It is we who use words
As screens for thoughts
And weave dark garments
To cover the naked body
Of the too white Truth.
It is we with the civilized souls
   Who are liars. 

Published in Opportunity, March 1925

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