The Negro Speaks of Rivers, by Langston Hughes

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've known rivers:I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the     flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln     went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy     bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I've known rivers:Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers. - Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes