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Poem Title:  Dinner Guest

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  Langston Hughes

Poet Biography: 
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), was a Black American Poet who initially studied engineering but found his true vocation in life whilst at University. For a fuller biography



Poem: 
I know I am
The Negro Problem
Being wined and dined,
Answering the usual questions
That come to white mind
Which seeks demurely
To Probe in polite way
The why and wherewithal
Of darkness U.S.A.--
Wondering how things got this way
In current democratic night,
Murmuring gently
Over fraises du bois,
"I'm so ashamed of being white."

The lobster is delicious,
The wine divine,
And center of attention
At the damask table, mine.
To be a Problem on
Park Avenue at eight
Is not so bad.
Solutions to the Problem,
Of course, wait.


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