Langston Hughes Poems

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1.
Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
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2.
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,
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3.
Mother To Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
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4.
April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
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5.
Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
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6.
Democracy

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.
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7.
I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
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8.
Cross

My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
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9.
Suicide's Note

The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.
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10.
The Negro Mother

Children, I come back today
To tell you a story of the long dark way
That I had to climb, that I had to know
In order that the race might live and grow.
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