Langston Hughes’ “High to Low”


High to Low


God Knows
We have our troubles, too—
One trouble is you:
you talk too loud,
cuss too loud,
look too black,
don’t get anywhere,
and sometimes it seems
you don’t even care.
The way you send your kids to school
stockings down,
(not Ethical Culture)
the way you shout out loud in church,
(not St. Phillips)
and the way you lounge on doorsteps
just as if you were down South,
(not at 409)
the way you clown—
the way, in other words,
you let me down—
me, trying to uphold the race
and you—
well, you can see,
we have problems,
too, with you.


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