“Gandhi Is Fasting” By Langston Hughes

 

1377201905_langston_hughesMighty Britain, tremble! 
Let your empire’s standard sway 
Let it break entirely— 
My Gandhi fasts today

You may think it foolish— 
That there’s no truth in what I say— 
That all of Asia’s watching 
As Gandhi fasts today

All of Asia’s watching 
And I am watching, too, 
For I am also jim crowed – 
As India is jim crowed by you.

You know quite well, Great Britain 
That it is not right 
To starve and beat and oppress 
Those who are not white.

Of course, we do it too. 
Here in the U.S.A. 
May Gandhi’s prayers help us, as well 
As he fasts today.

– February 20, 1943

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