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

Langston Hughes, "To Midnight Nan at Leroy's" (1926)

Strut and wiggle,
Shameless gal.
Wouldn't no good fellow
Be your pal.

Hear dat music. ...
Jungle night.
Hear dat music. ...
And the moon was white.

Sing your Blues song,
Pretty baby.
You want lovin'
And you don't mean maybe.

Jungle lover. ...
Night black boy. ...
Two against the moon
And the moon was joy.

Strut and wiggle,
Shameless Nan.
Wouldn't no good fellow
Be your man?

Published in Opportunity, January 1926
Also published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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