poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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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!

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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    The light of enlighteenment as posited against the dark subconscious.

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    Beautiful, expressive lines with imagery by the great Langston Hughes.

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    good poem because goes from negative to positive.

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    For a time, great E A Poe(t) we present, either grasping the sands of our lives events, or watching them flow, but to answer your question, " is all that we see or seem, But a dream within a dream? " No, in the instant of standing on the shore watching, we defy eternity, we are, and the moment devolves into the dream of memory................worknet8

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    Nice death story

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    Nice motivating poem. Bow to the poet.

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    A meaningful poem with lofty theme is well executed.

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    A compelling dream poem. it is also quite obscure to me.

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    Wonderfully written

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  • Sanjibsaha AniketaSanjibsaha Aniketa (12/17/2019 5:53:00 AM)

    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
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