The Breath of a Rose

(1928)

Still set Hughes' poem in 1928, two years before writing his famous Afro-American Symphony.

Breath of a Rose
by Langston Hughes


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.


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


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