Monday, October 12, 2009

I, Too

So far, while in Paraguay I have learned about humanity. While at the all girl's school up-country from Asuncion I was able to see how a poor girl from an ethnic group that was once hunted by others for being native to the land, and then hid in the forest for hundreds of years, can now stand with pride amongst her peers-- all her peers, of all colors-- as she presents her prize that she's won over all in the country. All she needed to obtain this was someone to fill her with the idea of worth and provide her with the skills needed to succeed.

This poem by Langston Hughes reminds me of these girls. The poem is about an African-American in the US, but I'd venture to say that it pertains to these Native Indian girls.

I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes, but I laugh,
Eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table when company comes.
Nobody'll dare say to me
"Eat in the kitchen."

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

-Langston Hughes


Roxanne said...

I LOVE this poem!! I used to have the kids I taught in Chicago read adn memorize this :) thanks for your comment- if you are around Iowa/Chicago- email b/c we would LOVE to see you!! I am a bit unmobile :) lots of love girl!

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Charmyn said...

Hey!!! Great poem!! How in the world are you!? Things are great here, and our time is almost up.
Just wanted to say hi!

P.S Kevin is my other brother... my family likes to travel so they have almost all come out to see me!