i like to be in love
but if you want me to go on & on,
i’d say i like you — i like the piece
of me that gets dislodged in you
an odyssey in weightlessness, —
a rocket ship returns from heaven
parachutes into a remote spot of deep,
bottomless blue; breathlessly bobs
it’s that simple, — being in love
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. -Langston Hughes
for Real Toads
“I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”
~From his autobiography, “The Big Sea.”
I was more than thrilled today to substitute teach for high school freshmen classes reading the short story, “Thank You, M’am,” by Langston Hughes. Reading his words set me right at home. “You got another thought coming,” and “I got a mind to…” I think I can hear my mama hollering to come in for supper right about now! Kansas in my mind.