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Hughes – Stars

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O, sweep of stars over Harlem streets,
O, little breath of oblivion that is night.
A city building
To a mother’s song.
A city dreaming
To a lullaby.
Reach up your hand, dark boy, and take a star.
Out of the little breath of oblivion
That is night,
Take just
One star.

Langston Hughes, Stars (1921) in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 85.

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