Thoughtful Thursday: Langston Hughes

//Thoughtful Thursday: Langston Hughes

Thoughtful Thursday: Langston Hughes

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offerings are two classics from Langston Hughes, courtesy of two special guest GCP contributors. To my delight, when I asked my two sons (independently) to tell me their favorite poems, they chose the following two Hughes poems about dreams. These poems are among my favorites as well. Enjoy!



What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes

By |2013-10-03T23:02:54-04:00October 3rd, 2013|Thoughtful Thursday|1 Comment

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  1. Robert Franklin October 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Reading your blog was the highlight of my day. You’ve nurtured incredibly mature and insightful sons. Thank you, young men. Langston Hughes lives!

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