Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Poetry Tuesday! "Life is Fine" by Langston Hughes

Life is Fine

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love--
But for livin' I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

--Langston Hughes


Teresa Evangeline said...

I Love Langston Hughes. And I love your new way of looking at life. Despite the pain that comes along sometimes, isn't it beautiful?

Tabor said...

Your sense of humor is still there and that will get you through these days.

Donna said...

Cool shot Betty! Hope things are smoothing out for you a bit!

Connie said...

Wonderful poem this morning, Betty. It gave me a smile. Thank you for sharing it. :)

Green Monkey said...

I hope you are feeling better. for those of us who lost someone to suicide, this poem sucks

Alison said...

Sometimes life is a struggle...but it's the only life we've got. Keep on keepin' on.

Leah J. Utas said...

Good for you, Betty. I see the poem as you giving life an ass-kicking right back.

Old Kitty said...

Wonderful poem!!! Wonderful!! Thank you BB!! Life is more than fine! Life is good especially when lived to the extremes!! Take care

Unknown said...

I'm glad you're digging this poem! It's a good sign!

Miriam said...

You are one cool woman, Betty. Cool as in fabulous and full of heart and humour and resilient and spunky. Life is fine, indeed!

Gail Dixon said...

Happy to see you are focusing on your strengths. You know what Weezer said in Steel Magnolias, "That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Hope today is a good one for you!

Unknown said...

Oh, Betty, this poem sums it up so well.
It's worth the living.
Thinking of you! Hugs!

jenny_o said...

Survival turns into "fine", if we just keep going.

Sush said...

One day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time and keep on keeping on!

Out on the prairie said...

A great thought for all of us to turn to.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Is that how you're feeling these days? Good - same old Betty!

Empty Nester said...

How absolutely perfect! And by one of my favorite poets!

My Mind's Eye said...

Nothing can get the best of a Kansas girl....you are woman hear you roar.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Ms. A said...

Yes, yes, yes! One foot in front of the other, moving forward, second by second, minute by minute, day by day. Just remember to breathe.

Ann said...

That's the spirit Betty. Life is fine and you're getting better every day :)

Sally Wessely said...

I understand the emotions behind this poem and am grateful you can say life is worth living. It is worth living and it is not worth losing because of a lost relationship.

The references to suicide are disturbing to those of us who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

This poem makes me happy.
Love to you,

Lin said...

I like this. :)

Here is my favorite poem of all time--but you'll have to look it up: Mornings at Blackwater Creek by Mary Oliver.

You may enjoy it these days as well. Let me know what you think.

ds said...

Wonderful poem, wonderful attitude.
(I like Lin's choice, too.)
Hang in there.

Betty Manousos said...

life is fine indeed, dear betty. and what a great poem you shared with us.

hanging in there.


Sueann said...

Loved the poem!! Made me laugh but it is also quite an eye opener. Life is fine for sure!! We may cry and whine...but the alternative sucks!! So we live on despite the pain and hardship!!
Hugging you

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

What a perfectly appropriate poem, BB!

Baby Sister said...

That is a perfect poem. I love it!! *hugs*