Life Is Fine: A Poem and a Painting




LIFE IS FINE – (mixed media and oxidized iron/rust application on Pannelli A Gesso – Cold Pressed Gesso Panel, – (16″ x 20″)

I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn’t,

So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!

I came up twice and cried!

If that water hadn’t a-been so cold

I might’ve sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator

Sixteen floors above the ground.

I thought about my baby

And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!

I stood there and I cried!

If it hadn’t a-been so high

I might’ve jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I’m still here livin’,

I guess I will live on.

I could’ve died for love–

But for livin’ I was born

Though you may hear me holler,

And you may see me cry–

I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,

If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!- Langston Hughes


  • jim cooke August 2, 2009

    just recently e-mailed you – r u a christian? if not you can become one!!!
    watch and listen – it resembles your poem today

  • Spray man August 10, 2009

    watsup tmnk luvin da new work its hot

  • TMNK August 10, 2009

    Thanks SPRAYMAN (:-) You make me feel like SOMEBODY. ILeaving for college soon. I’m SO DAMN PROUD OF YOU!!!! WOW, it seems like it was only yesterday…

    Just remember your promise, remember to GIVE BACK, keep soaring.

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