“When a man starts to build a world, He starts first with himself And the faith that is in his heart”-Langston Hughes

Here is the last stanza from Freedom’s Plow by Langston Hughes, American Writer, for Flag Day. I urge you to read the poem in its entirety:

“A long time ago,

An enslaved people heading toward freedom

Made up a song:

Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!

The plow plowed a new furrow

Across the field of history.

Into that furrow the freedom seed was dropped.

From that seed a tree grew, is growing, will ever grow.

That tree is for everybody,

For all America, for all the world.

May its branches spread and shelter grow

Until all races and all peoples know its shade.

KEEP YOUR HAND ON THE PLOW! HOLD ON!”-Langston Hughes

3 thoughts on ““When a man starts to build a world, He starts first with himself And the faith that is in his heart”-Langston Hughes

  1. I recently discovered Langston Hughes via “Ekphrasis” which is where you use one form of art to describe another and Langston Hughes was the only example of an ekphrastic poem written about a piece of music I could find. Needless to say, I was hooked and am enjoying reading more of his poetry. Thanks for this.
    Mark

    • I grew up reading the poetry of Langston Hughes. He also used to write a column for the NY Post with a character named “Simple” and my mom would read those columns out loud. You should read some biographies on him, very interesting life. Thanks for visiting! I learned something new from you this afternoon, I didn’t know about “Ekphrasis!” Now I’m going to research it. Thanks so much!!!!

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