Langston Hughes

Madam’s Christmas

(or Merry Christmas Everybody)

I forgot
to send a card to Jennie
But the truth about cousins is
There’s too many.

I also forgot
A card for Joe
But I believe I’ll let
The old rascal go.

I disremembered 
My old friend Jack
But he’s been evil
Long as he’s been black.

I done bought 
Four boxes now,
And I can’t afford
No more nohow.

Cards or no cards
Here’s HOWDY! 

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