Thursday, December 29, 2005

Loosed Words: Having said good-bye to the old queen...

Night Funeral In Harlem
by - Langston Hughes

Night funeral
    In Harlem:

    Where did they get
    Them two fine cars?
Insurance man, he did not pay--
His insurance lapsed the other day--
Yet they got a satin box
for his head to lay.
    Night funeral
    In Harlem:
    Who was it sent
    That wreath of flowers?
Them flowers came
from that poor boy's friends--
They'll want flowers, too,
When they meet their ends.
    Night funeral
    in Harlem:

    Who preached that
    Black boy to his grave?
Old preacher man
Preached that boy away--
Charged Five Dollars
His girl friend had to pay.
    Night funeral
    In Harlem:
When it was all over
And the lid shut on his head
and the organ had done played
and the last prayers been said
and six pallbearers
Carried him out for dead
And off down Lenox Avenue
That long black hearse done sped,
    The street light
    At his corner
    Shined just like a tear--
That boy that they was mournin'
Was so dear, so dear
To them folks that brought the flowers,
To that girl who paid the preacher man--
It was all their tears that made
    That poor boy's
    Funeral grand.

    Night funeral
    In Harlem.

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