Spotlight Poetry – Juke Box Love Song – A Poem by Langston Hughes


Juke Box Love Song by Langston Hughes

I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,

Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue buses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.

Take Harlem’s heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,

Dance with you till day—
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.

Poem Attribution © Langston Hughes, Juke Box Love Song

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