September 1, 2022

I wanted to share this poem with you. It's come into and out of my life several times over the last decade, and it re-emerged just this morning.

It's one of my favorite Langston Hughes pieces, although it's not among his most popular.

Poet to Bigot

Langston Hughes

I have done so little
For you
And you have done so little
For me
That we have good reason
Never to agree.

I, however
Have such meagre
Clutching at a
While you control
An hour.

But your hour is
A stone.

My moment is
A flower.

I appreciate the work the "But" is doing and the significance of the flower.

Back next week with a more coherent note 🥰



P.S. You can find this poem in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes: The poems, 1921-1940

About Camille Freeman, LDN, RH (she/her)

Hi there! I'm a clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist specializing in fertility and menstrual health. I run the Monday Mentoring community of practice and also offer continuing education programs for highly-trained herbalists and nutritionists (Check out this year's Deep Dive!). I'm also a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where I teach physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating.

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