Langston Hughes wrote:
“Looks like what drives me crazy don’t have no effect on you. But I’m gonna keep on at it ‘till it drives you crazy, too.”
In poetry, Langston Hughes discovered both the philosopher’s stone and the fountain of youth.
Through the rhythmic interplay of word and feeling, he created worlds of magic that lifted him above the sorrows of his time.
To his chagrin, there was one too many who failed to resonate with his passion for the alchemical art of transforming hopelessness into happiness.
Yet, Hughes’ message to them was clear and decisive:
I will not conform to you. Instead, I will influence you into conformity with me.
I refuse to be discouraged by the apathy, cynicism, and quiet desperation of those who are not set ablaze by the fires of creativity.
I shall be relentless in my devotion to that which arouses me, and in doing so, I will eventually arouse you too.
I don’t know if Hughes’ strategy worked on them, but it worked on me.
Thank you, Langston Hughes.
You somehow managed to transcend time again and now you’ve driven me crazy.
I hope I can do the same to someone else.
And even if I don’t, I promise you that I’m gonna keep on at it too.