Strange Hurt: Long Version

(1995)

"Strange Hurt: Long Version" is the second version of the sixth song in Ricky Ian Gordon's song cycle Genius Child.

Strange Hurt: Long Version

Strange Hurt
by Langston Hughes


In times of stormy weather
She felt queer pain
That said,
“You’ll find rain better
Than shelter from the rain.”


Days filled with fiery sunshine
Strange hurt she knew
That made
Her seek the burning sunlight
Rather than the shade


In months of snowy winter
When cozy houses hold,
She’d break down doors
To wander naked
In the cold.


--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 63


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