The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is “Vagabonds”. During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.
You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.
We are the desperate
Who do not care,
Who have nowhere
No place to sleep,
There is so much emotion in this poem. When I read the words, I see have a vision of poor desperate and hungry people looking for food and shelter. In my vision, I do not see them as not caring about their predicament. I have been rich and I have been poor. I know people who have been homeless and not known where they would sleep or what they would eat. Those people were never uncaring. They cared about their situations and wanted to do better.
I have been sad many times in my life. I have never been too tearless to weep. My business has found itself in desperate straights at one time or another, but things have never been hopeless.It does something to the heart and to the head to read about a person who is so desperate, hungry, and hopeless. Yet, these people are all around us. It seems that we have an obligation as entrerepreneurs, as human beings to make teh world better than we found it. Entrepreneurs with employees have an obligation to be fair to their employees and not to leave employees worse than they found them.
As an entrepreneur, think about what you do to make the world a better place. If it takes you more than two minutes to come up with an answer, perhaps there are some changes that you should be making at your organization.
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Take a moment now to look at your life, think about your dreams. How are you treating your dream, what are you doing with them? What has been your history when dealing with your dreams. Has your habit been to sit back and treat your dreams as precious untouchable things that sit in the china closet of your mind? Or, are you a person who tends to take action now and to treats your dreams as things that must be used, worked and acted upon? There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. No matter what your answer is, answer honestly. Once you have asked the question and answered honestly, you will know your place in the universe.
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If you want to get some Langston Hughes books of your own, check out the following. Please note, these are affiliate links which means I may earn income if you purchase one of these books.
1. This is the book I keep on my desk in my office. It is worn out and the edges are frayed because I use it so much. It was a gift from my husband which makes it a special treasure.
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)
2. The Simple stories were my introduction to Langston Hughes. They are an incredible combination of entertainment, sociology and politics of the time.
The Early Simple Stories (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol 7)