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Langston Hughes - Madam And The Phone Bill

You say I O.K.ed
O.K.ed it when?
My goodness, Central
That was then!

I'm mad and disgusted
With that Negro now.
I don't pay no REVERSED
CHARGES nohow.

You say, I will pay it--
Else you'll take out my phone?
You better let
My phone alone.

I didn't ask him
To telephone me.
Roscoe knows darn well
Ain't free.

If I ever catch him,
Lawd, have pity!
Calling me up
From Kansas City.

Just to say he loves me!
I knowed that was so.
Why didn't he tell me some'n
I don't know?

For instance, what can
Them other girls do
That Alberta K. Johnson
Can't do--and more, too?

What's that, Central?
You say you don't care
Nothing about my
Private affair?

Well, even less about your
PHONE BILL, does I care!

Un-humm-m! . . . Yes!
You say I gave my O.K.?
Well, that O.K. you may keep--

But I sure ain't gonna pay!

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Madam And The Phone Bill
Poem of the Day: Oct 6 2009

Comment 13 of 13, added on January 16th, 2013 at 4:04 AM.

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Mei from Nepal
Comment 12 of 13, added on January 15th, 2013 at 4:58 PM.

The World Without WaterWe think we know the earth that mothers us,that maueersd and tested, dug and scraped,enhanced and developed, the planet improvesby our gentle exploitation, that we can makeall properties water-front—charming viewsof oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, trickling creeks,springs, fountains, wind-whipped waves, ripples,and thundering falls.Even frozen tundra, icebergs, clouds, mists,thermal steam, gentle and torrential rains, snows,hail, sleet, flood, monsoon, and unbearable humidityare parents of forests, prairies, all things greenand varied, flowered and fruited, finned and winged,hooved and hopping, slithering, swimming, and walking.The planet can continue without any of this,another dirtball in the sky, but who would wantthis altered real estate, where blue is not blue,and green is not green?

Raul from Jordan
Comment 11 of 13, added on December 5th, 2009 at 5:52 PM.
Madam And The Phone Bill

To really get a sensation from this poem, one needs to read it in a Southern African-american voice. And i don't think its supposed to be analyzed in a metaphorical manner. Props to Hughes for his ability to input rhythm and style.

Joey from United States

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