Flatted Fifths

Langston Hughes

"Flatted Fifths"

Little cullud boys with beards
re-bop be-bop mop and stop.

Little cullud boys with fears,
frantic, kick their draftee years
into flatted fifths and flatter beers
that at a sudden change become
sparkling Oriental wines
rich and strange
silken bathrobes with gold twines and
Heilbroner, Crawford, Nat-undreamed-of Lewis combines
in silver thread and diamond notes on
trade-marks inside
Howard coats.
Little cullud boys in berets
oop pop-a-da
horse a fantasy of days
ool ya koo
and dig all plays.