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(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

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As I Grew Older

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/12/2014 10:17:00 AM)

    A true spirited poem relevant to the personal identities and cultures of the world.

    2 person liked.
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  • Noctiluca Scintillans (4/1/2014 5:03:00 AM)

    We might lose our dreams once in a while, but we are bound to swam across even the deepest seas to reach out our dreams

  • Billy Sanders (3/11/2014 6:38:00 PM)

    hi

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  • Francis Lynch (2/25/2014 8:23:00 AM)

    Poems like this should bolster all of us. The language, imagery, cadence, sytax, etc. are simplistic and meaningful. You don't have to be T.S. Elliot to write great poetry.

  • Alexio Serrano (1/7/2014 3:10:00 PM)

    Langston Hughes is my favorite poet, and this poem is so deep, so true. I truly love this poem for it rings true in my own ears.

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/21/2013 10:38:00 PM)

    WOW! This last line:
    Help me to shatter this darkness,
    To smash this night,
    To break this shadow
    Into a thousand lights of sun,
    Into a thousand whirling dreams
    Of sun!

    Just... AMAZING!

  • Inas Essa (11/11/2013 5:05:00 PM)

    what a great poem! loved it.

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  • Emeyazia Iwe Chukwudi (8/6/2013 5:25:00 AM)

    Great poem. As we grow older some dreams are lost.

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