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

Langston Hughes, "Tapestry" (1927)


By Langston Hughes

Men who ride strange wild horses
Down dangerous glens and glades,
Men who draw keen sharp swords,
Toledo or Damascus blades,
Men who swear and laugh and love
And live and sing like troubadours,—
Wrinkled old beldams somewhere
Are dreaming of old amours.

Published in The Crisis, June 1927

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