Shadow Dancing. Life is Fine.

Shadow Dancing. Life is Fine.

Shadow Dancing

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” Carl Sandburg

Hummingbird is pleased to introduce Shadow Dancing, its new poetry series.  Last February, when we were celebrating our first Hummingbird Valentine’s Day, we planned a bit of a posting extravaganza.  We had a special greeting, commentary, musings, a quote, artwork, and a beautiful love poem by e.e. cummings.  We had never posted a poem before and were pleasantly surprised to find that it was the most read post of the day, and in fact it was read continuously for the weeks that followed.  So, with that in mind, we invited Contributor Lynda Bernard to introduce a new poem each month from among her favorites, along with a note about “why” the poem was selected to be featured.  Be prepared to be reminded with each month's selection of the beauty that can be achieved when imagination is invoked and pen is put to paper.

Below is the Thanksgiving 2018 Shadow Dancing Poetry Series Selection.

Life is Fine

by Langston Hughes

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!

Why was Life is Fine selected?

Life is Fine, by American poet Langston Hughes, was selected as a pre-Thanksgiving contemplation for its declaration of the beauty of life.  Regardless of the challenges we face—in living, there is much to be thankful for.

We invite your comments about Life is Fine, as well as your recommendations for future selections.

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