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

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

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

“HARLEM”

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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