Morning After

By Langston Hughes 1902–1967 Langston Hughes
I was so sick last night I   
Didn’t hardly know my mind.
So sick last night I
Didn’t know my mind.
I drunk some bad licker that   
Almost made me blind.

Had a dream last night I   
Thought I was in hell.   
I drempt last night I   
Thought I was in hell.
Woke up and looked around me—
Babe, your mouth was open like a well.

I said, Baby! Baby!
Please don’t snore so loud.   
Baby! Please!
Please don’t snore so loud.
You jest a little bit o’ woman but you   
Sound like a great big crowd.

Langston Hughes, “Morning After” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes. Reprinted with the permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.

Source: Selected Poems (Vintage Books, 1959)

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Poet Langston Hughes 1902–1967

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

Subjects Marriage & Companionship, Health & Illness, Living, Eating & Drinking, Activities

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Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the "Harlem Renaissance" because of the number of emerging black writers. Du Bose Heyward wrote in the New York Herald Tribune in 1926: "Langston Hughes, although only twenty-four years old, is already conspicuous in the group of Negro intellectuals who are dignifying Harlem with a genuine art life. . . . It is, however, as . . .

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SUBJECT Marriage & Companionship, Health & Illness, Living, Eating & Drinking, Activities

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

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