Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dreams


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
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  • Rookie Danielle Deery (6/28/2010 10:51:00 AM)

    I love this poem. I'm only 16, but this is exactly the reason I started writing. For perfect poems like this. They evoke emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keith Mckellar (6/20/2010 1:09:00 PM)

    Love this poem! Featured it in my blog: http: //darlafilthofframp.blogspot.com/

    'I have to stop thinking of life as an already broken-winged bird, a flock of them that cannot and should not try to fly. I'm nineteen. It's okay to have dreams.' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stasia Cayla (5/24/2010 5:49:00 AM)

    For English class, this was the poem I picked to do a presentation on because it is so very inspiring..... I loved it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Toni Espeset (3/26/2010 2:24:00 PM)

    This was the first real poem I CARED enough to memorize. As a young teenager it spoke to my soul. As a mother, it becomes my wisdom. As a woman growing older it reminds me to keep dreams alive. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kenny Titus (1/15/2010 11:05:00 PM)

    It was so inspiring....
    plzzz do keep writing...

    here is the link to my poem:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/kenny-titus/

    plzz do me a favour by rating and commenting.....thank ya! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rini Ponnamma (12/7/2009 9:30:00 AM)

    i like the line '' life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly''in life wat we want we dont get...wat we get we are not satisfied...wat we expect never happens and wat we hate generally repeats...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lewis Neil Is Awsome (11/4/2009 4:44:00 PM)

    Wow, that was pretty good, but i hear there is this poem called 'Neil is awsome', it was life changing and insperational. Read it and vote it a 10! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sanjay Lama (10/24/2009 12:52:00 AM)

    definetly, life is short but has to go far away thats why if we wants to go far away we should hold our dreams as fast as its possible otherwise life will b absolutely like barren field (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ser Shroom (10/23/2009 11:13:00 AM)

    This's the ONLY time I'll ever read this poem.It conjures up past memories for me that are very depressing, and remindful of the things that've happened to me in my past life.Don't get me wrong, this poem is very beautiful....but for me, personally, I can do without the visions in my minds eyes of my past life, for it wasn't a good life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Felicia Coffee (10/16/2009 12:51:00 PM)

    Imagine seeing a bird that has broken wings. It will never be able to reach to a higher level or go to greater heights. When a field is barren, it means there is no life or growth. I absoluting love this poem because it reminds us to never lose sight of our dream. Dreams give hope. It allows you to see yourself beyond your current state or situation. In your dreams you can see yourself owning and operating that million dollar business while you are living from paycheck-to-paycheck. Dreaming is the seed to reality. Never stop dreaming! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sonia Hernandez (10/13/2009 10:53:00 AM)

    More People need to know life isnt as so like snow it does freeze in time to await the Rhyme (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sharonda Session (9/22/2009 11:34:00 PM)

    This poem opened my eye about how people really see themsef. He inspires us to never give up on our dreams and to always dream big, and dont despize small beginings (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mercedes Perry (8/26/2009 5:08:00 PM)

    This poem is the motto for my life, it motivates me to work hard. I'd never want a life as a broken winged bird or a barren field of snow. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Aziz Alkaabi (8/14/2009 2:55:00 PM)

    He always surprise this guy.
    The first time I knew of him was on that beautiful, the crows they killed TV station, Aramco.
    I bought his books in Washington and studied him further and still he surprises me. (Report) Reply

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