The Way We Live Now: Holding fast to our dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes' boyhood home has been sold in foreclosure, for crumbs. It's such a Bore Being always Poor.
$16,667. That's how much Langston's home when he was in high school in Cleveland sold for at auction. The mortgage payments, deferred, had dried up like a raisin in the sun. The fact that the city of Cleveland didn't buy the house and turn it into a tourist attraction and quickly make its money back is a sign of why all our cities are broke.
And states! California is broke as well. Totally.
When the shoe strings break
On both your shoes
And you're in a hurry-
That's the blues.
When you go to buy a candy bar
And you've lost the dime you had-
Slipped through a hole in your pocket somewhere-
That's the blues, too, and bad!