I went down to the river

This poem, “Life is Fine” by Langston Hughes, could be a companion to the famous movie, “It’s a wonderful life” with Jimmy Stewart. They show it on TV every Christmas. Both are about people whose life goes wrong, who want to kill themselves and who end up realising that life is good after all. I can buy into that.

Like the other Langston Hughes poem which I posted on November 1st, 2014, the rhythms of this are somewhat like a blues song. Try singing it as well as reading it out loud. Pretend to be Muddy Waters…

Life Is Fine

by Langston Hughes

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn’t a-been so cold
I might’ve sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn’t a-been so high
I might’ve jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I’m still here livin’,
I guess I will live on.
I could’ve died for love–
But for livin’ I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry–
I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

From <http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/langston_hughes/poems/16946&gt;

Life Is good, yes?

The Poetry Dude


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