Hughes’ “Genius Child”

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Genius Child

This is song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly, as ever you can–
Lest the song get out of hand.
Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?

Wild or tame,
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him–and let his soul run wild!

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