Genius Child


"Genius Child" is a song by Robert Owens setting the poetry of Langston Hughes. The song is from Owens' song cycle Mortal Storm.

Genius Child
by Langston Hughes

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can--
Lest the song get out of hand.

Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?

Wild or tame,
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him--and let his soul run wild!

--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 198

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