“Goodbye Christ” by Langston Hughes

Today would have been Langston Hughes’s 113th birthday and Google has created a Google Doodle to celebrate. Hughes’s poem this doodle illustrates is I Dream a World, but I thought I’d put the first stanza of his other poem, written in 1932, called Goodbye Christ. You can read the entire poem here.

Listen, Christ,
You did alright in your day, I reckon–
But that day’s gone now.
They ghosted you up a swell story, too,
Called it Bible–
But it’s dead now.
The popes and the preachers’ve
Made too much money from it.
They’ve sold you to too many.

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