We Real Cool

By Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000 Gwendolyn Brooks

               The Pool Players.
        Seven at the Golden Shovel.


            We real cool. We   
            Left school. We

            Lurk late. We
            Strike straight. We

            Sing sin. We   
            Thin gin. We

            Jazz June. We   
            Die soon.

Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1963 by Gwendolyn Brooks. Reprinted with the permission of the Estate of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Source: Poetry (September 1959).

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Poet Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000

Subjects Gender & Sexuality, Youth, Race & Ethnicity, Social Commentaries, Living

Poetic Terms Assonance, Alliteration, Consonance, Couplet