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I, Too, Sing America
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.
Say to me, "Eat in the kitchen,"
Then. Besides, They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America
The Road Not Takken
Because I could not stop for death
by Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality.
We slowly drove –
He knew no haste
And I had put away My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility – We passed the School, where
Children strove At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun – Or rather –
He passed us – The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle – We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –
Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads Were toward Eternity –