"Minstrel Man" by Langston Hughes (Favorite Poem Project)



my name is po Chen I'm a student and I want to become a teacher I was reading a bunch of poetry like over the summer I just got bored and so I went and I saw Langston he has his poem and I was really here cuz I've never heard of links to me is and it was really good because I wanted originally to put in the loan by Edgar Allan Poe and I couldn't find it and I flipped a page and I saw this poem in chill man and I read and I was like wow this fits perfectly minstrel man bye links 2 years because my mouth is wide with laughter and my throat is deep with song you do not think I suffer after I've held my pain so long because my mouth is wide with laughter you do not hear my inner cry because my feet are gay with dancing you do not know I die I like it because it describes me like I walk around with a smile on my face all the time at school and with friends and stuff but I still have different thoughts running through my head it's never stable it's always going my parents are it's only from Cambodia but I wasn't born in Cambodia I was born in Thailand because they were having this genocide Pol Pot was killing all the Cambodian people and my parents thought they can't they're not gonna let their kids die they're not going to give up that's where I learned not to give up and so they're gonna get out they're gonna escape for their I think what they thought of most rooted us they wanted us to see the world first they didn't want us to end like that so they escaped with my grandma too it's not just them and they killed my grandma on the way because they spread us up and then my two brothers run in their faces and they just kept going they kept running away at night they gathered their kids from the camp and they kept running right I'm almost pregnant with me and so my dad had a couple the kids on his shoulders cuz they're really small they were really young were three years apart each one of us except for now between my brother my me and my brother now at six because one of the metal passed away and all this and so they ran with the kids they slept on crowns at night hiding places ditches everywhere anywhere they could and then they got to a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and washes escaping she gave birth and so I was born in the border of Thailand and Cambodia and we were luckily we had family here in America already so they helped us get to America I feel guilty about a lot of situations that hey I'm here free and all I'm more better off than a lot of people in Cambodia so it gives me a lot of guilt feeling that I'm not free to let it out it's like it's still there and that's what Langston Hughes is saying I mean people there walk around they put on a big face they smile they laugh they sell stop the market but they know inside them it's like it's not there it's not free because my mouth is wide with laughter and my throat is deep with song you do not think I suffer after I've held my pain so long because my mouth is wide with laughter you do not hear my inner cry because my feet are gay with dancing you do not know I died you the favorite poem project is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts fostering America's creativity and investing in our living cultural heritage additional funding has been provided by the John s and James L Knight Foundation and by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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