Port Town


by Langston Hughes



Hello, sailor boy,
In from the sea!

Hello, sailor,
Come with me!

Come on drink cognac.
Rather have wine?
Come here, I love you.
Come and be mine.
Lights, sailor boy,
Warm, white lights.

Solid land, kid.
Wild, white nights.
Come on, sailor,
Out o' the sea.
Let's go, sweetie!


James Mercer Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.

He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue."

Some academics and biographers today believe that Hughes was homosexual and/or included homosexual codes in many of his poems, similar in manner to Walt Whitman.

(In this spirit.)

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