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

Langston Hughes, "The Naughty Child" (1927)

The Naughty Child 

By Langston Hughes

The naughty child
Who ventured to go cut flowers,
Fell into the mill-pond
And was drowned.
But the good children all
Are living yet,
Nice folks now
In a very nice town.

Published in The Messenger, May 1927

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