So I'm a pretty big Langston Hughes fan and is last work "Black Misery" is simply exceptional. It derives from a simple concept, every stanza starts with "Misery is..." For example: Misery is when Uncle Joe gave you a button-up sweater and you wanted a slip-over that bunches at the bottom. - Langston Hughes I've seen this toyed around with other places; growing Lists where people explain what misery is to them. So I decided to give it a go here. Of course, it can be as personal or as serious as you want. Also for the sake of simplicity let's ditch the poem-break format in favor of a standard sentence. I'll begin. Misery is... pretending that gas prices bother you, when you don't even own a car.