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20 Gennaio 2009

Democracy

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

Langston Hughes (1949)

3 comments:

Lili said...

This is so beautifully said and so true.
Thanks for sharing this.
Lili

Scarabocchio said...

Che grande giorno! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this poem with us. I had no idea that people outside the U.S. were familiar with one of our greatest twentieth-century poets.
It is a new day in America!