Poem of the Day: Langston Hughes’s ‘The Breath of a Rose’

I’m currently working on a essay discussing Hughes’s adoption of the blues form and jazz vernacular language, while doing the reading I discovered this gem, a rare example of Hughes’ more metaphorical poetry:

Love is like dew
On lilacs at dawn:
Comes the swift sun
And the dew is gone

Love is like star-light
In the sky at morn:
Star-light that dies
When day is born.

Love is like perfume
In the heart of a rose:
The flower withers,
The perfume goes–

Love is no more
Than the breath of a rose,
No more
Than the breath of a rose.

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 305.

Love,

L Xx

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