The Weary Blues/Poem-For the Portrait of an African Boy

The Weary Blues by James Mercer Langston Hughes
Poem—For the Portrait of an African Boy

POEM

For the portrait of an African boy after the manner of Gauguin

All the tom-toms of the jungles beat in my blood,
And all the wild hot moons of the jungles shine in my soul.
I am afraid of this civilization—
So hard,
So strong,
So cold.