I, Too

(1959)

"I, Too" is the third song of Margaret Bond's Three Dream Portraits, which sets the text of Langston Hughes.

I, too
by Langston Hughes


I, too, sing America.


I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.


Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.


Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--


I, too, am America.


--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 46


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