ART Poetry | Langston Hughes, Talks About Dreams & Harlem…

Langston Hughes (1930’s), American Gentily, Article by phonzōe
Langston Hughes, Chicago, December 1941, by Gordon Parks, Image in Public Domain, NGA

Langston Hughes at Lincoln University, 1928 (Lincoln, University Pennsylvania), Public Domain


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?

By Langston Hughes, Permissions to Reprint

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