Recording of “Mother to Son”
by Langston Hughes
Recording of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
If he does not relent,
he[a] will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.