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

Langston Hughes, "Montmartre Beggar Woman" (1927)

Montmartre Beggar Woman

By Langston Hughes

Once you were beautiful,—
Hunched in the cold,
Nobody cares
That you are old.

Once you were lovely, — 
In the street,
No one remembers
Your lips were sweet.

Oh, withered old woman
Of rue Fontaine
Nobody but Death
Will kiss you again.

Published in The Crisis, October 1927

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