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by Langston Hughes

Song for a Dark Girl

Way Down South in Dixie
 (Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
 To a cross roads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie
 (Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
 What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie
 (Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
 On a gnarled and naked tree.


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