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

Langston Hughes, "Lenox Avenue: Midnight" (1926)

The rhythm of life
Is a jazz rhythm,
The gods are laughing at us.

The broken heart of love,
The weary, weary heart of pain,
To the rumble of street cars,
To the swish of rain.

Lenox Avenue,
Honey .
And the gods are laughing at us.

Published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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