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We who have nothing to lose April 18, 2010

Posted by The Typist in 504, cryptical envelopment, New Orleans, NOLA, poem, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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It’s National Poetry Month (you did know that, right?) and I have signed up again for Knopf’s Poem-A-Day email. I had just finished putting up a post on the Back Of Town Treme blog about the first second line after the Federal Flood, comparing a video of the actual event to David Simon’s portrayal. Then I opened the poem a day email and there were two short poems by Langston Hughes, including the one below.

Some things are just meant to happen a certain way. Or at least that’s the story the crow told me.

Black Dancers

Who have nothing to lose
Must sing and dance
Before the riches
Of the world

Who have nothing to lose
Must laugh and dance
Lest our laughter
Goes from

Yeah, you right.


1. Tim - April 18, 2010

Love Langston Hughes! You say Yeah you rite–I say True dat!

I am a firm believer that you cannot appreciate what you’ve never been deprived. My best Mardi Gras ever was 2006, when we didn’t know if we were even going to have one that year. You felt that way too I know after being exiled in Fargo for many years. That’s why you feel everything about NOLA so deeply.

How does one sign up for this poem-a-day? Sounds like fun even if I’ve missed most of it already.




2. bayoucreole - April 18, 2010

Cosigning Tim. The second part of that poem is my life in a nutshell.
Jazz Fest here I come!


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