You say I O.K.ed
LONG DISTANCE?
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
LONG DISTANCE
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!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Langston Hughes's poem Madam And The Phone Bill

9 Comments

  1. Boberta says:

    Langston Hughes wrote this poem amazingly. It has the perfect amount of rhyme, imagery, and literary elements. This poem is entertaining to read because it has humor but also tells a short story. Out of five stars, I’d give this poem a 4.5. Great job Langston Hughes!

  2. Joey says:

    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.

  3. Joey says:

    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.

  4. Samara says:

    i like the rhythm and the rhyme. it really made the poem flow..thanks Langston Hughes for brightenin my day..wait? isnt he dead..haha..my bad

  5. eggs says:

    I like eggs! They should put a poem about eggs on here.

  6. Tichina says:

    i love thisa poem. the first time i read it i fell in love.

  7. katie says:

    i really like this poem

  8. brittany kingberry says:

    i read the poem in the 8th grade so very really like it

  9. Marion Smalls says:

    Poem was very nice it helped my project Thank you

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