Cross

By LANGSTON HUGHES  (1902-1967)

 

My old man's a white old man

And my old mother's black.

If ever I cursed my white old man

I take my curses back.

 

If ever I cursed my black old mother

And wished she were in hell,

I'm sorry for that evil wish

And now I wish her well.

 

My old man died in a fine big house.

My ma died in a shack.

I wonder where I'm gonna die,

Being neither white nor black?