Poetry Portfolio

Danny Walsh

Another Poem We've Read This Unit...

"Note on Commercial Theatre" by Langston Hughes

You've taken my blues and gone-- You sing 'em on Broadway And you sing 'em in Hollywood Bowl, And you mixed 'em up with symphonies And you fixed 'em So they don't sound like me. Yep, you done taken my blues and gone.

You also took my spirituals and gone. You put me in MacBeth and Carmen Jones And all kinds of Swing Mikados And in everything but what's about me-- But someday somebody'll Stand up and talk about me, And write about me-- Black and beautiful-- And sing about me, And put on plays about me! I reckon it'll be Me myself!
Yes, it'll be me.

A Poem by an author we haven't read in class...

"Masks" by Shel Silverstein

She had blue skin.
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by—
And never knew.

A poem about a topic that matters to me...

"Accepting the Differences" by Audrey Heller

Don't try, to exert control, over someone

else, by attempting, to get others to think
like you. You can try from here until tomorrow,
but they'll never follow through. Accepting the
differences in people, is what makes the world
go round. Some of these differences, have been
proven, to be solid and sound. There's various
things, to be learned, from one another, which of
course, is a positive fact. Just don't become over
bearing and don't, over react. We have to accept,
the differences in people, as it helps a lot, I've
found. For once you get yourself acclimated,
you'll find it easier, to get around!

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