The periodically brilliant Poem-a-day website has offered up this wonderfully inclusive poem by the great Langston Hughes, a favourite poet here at The Vampire’s Wife. I love the dejected and regretful final line, ‘And not this land where joy is wrong.’ So beautifully put. Love, Susie x
We should have a land of sun
Of gorgeous sun,
And a land of fragrant water
Where the twilight is a soft bandanna
Of rose and gold
And not this land
Where life is cold.
We should have a land of trees.
Of tall, think trees,
Bowed down with chattering parrots.
Brilliant as the day,
And not this land where birds are gray.
Ah, we should have a land of joy
Of love and joy and wine and song,
And not this land where joy is wrong.