Danse Africaine

Langston Hughes

The low beating of the tom-toms,
The slow beating of the tom-toms,
Low … slow
Slow … low –
Stirs your blood.
A night-veiled girl
Whirls softly into a
Circle of light.
Whirls softly … slowly,
Like a wisp of smoke around the fire –
And the tom-toms beat,
And the tom-toms beat,
And the low beating of the tom-toms
Stirs your blood.

The Weary Blues

Last updated February 13, 2023