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Dinner Guest: Me

I know I am
The Negro Problem
Being wined and

Answering the usual questions
That come to white mind
Which seeks demurely
To Probe in polite way
The why and wherewithal
Of darkness U.S.A. —
Wondering how things got this way
In current democratic night,
Murmuring gently

Over fraises du bois,
"I'm so ashamed of being white."

The lobster is delicious,
The wine divine,
And center of attention
At the damask table, mine.
To be a Problem on
Park Avenue at eight
Is not so bad.
Solutions to the Problem,
Of course, wait.

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Reprinted by permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.  Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes.

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