Damn it!

On April 2, 2002 by Eden M. Kennedy

Everyone knew it was National Poetry Month except for me. Everyone! Especially smart people like George and Hi Monkey! So to make up for my stunning lack of awareness of our national call to read more words that aren’t in regular sentences and paragraphs, I proudly submit one of the first poems I ever memorized. It’s by Langston Hughes, who was born 100 years ago.


I play it cool

And dig all jive

That’s the reason

I stay alive

My motto

As I live and learn


Dig And Be Dug

In Return.



One Response to “Damn it!”

  • I love this poem. It was one of the first I learned by heart. Does anyone know where I can get hold of a sound file of someone, preferably Langston Hughes reading it?

    Peter Dawson