My People, by Langston Hughes

My People

Dream-singers, Story-tellers, Dancers, Loud laughers in the hands of Fate—            My People. Dish-washers, Elevator-boys, Ladies’ maids, Crap-shooters, Cooks, Waiters, Jazzers, Nurses of babies, Loaders of ships, Porters, Hairdressers, Comedians in vaudeville And band-men in circuses—Dream-singers all, Story-tellers all. Dancers—God! What dancers! Singers—God! What singers! Singers and dancers, Dancers and laughers. Laughers? Yes, laughers….laughers…..laughers—Loud-mouthed laughers in the hands of Fate. - Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes