Genius Child

(1995)

"Genius Child" is the second song in Ricky Ian Gordon's song cycle Genius Child, which sets the poems of Langston Hughes.

Genius Child

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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