Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

As I Grew Older - Poem by Langston Hughes

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!


Comments about As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes

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    (3/11/2019 1:19:00 PM)

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME IDIAH! ! ! ?

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  • (2/26/2019 4:15:00 PM)

    this isnt the exact poem (Report) Reply

  • Iftekhar Ifti (2/16/2019 2:13:00 AM)

    Dreams never die until death come to rule. (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (2/9/2019 11:18:00 PM)

    It is a touching poem of the unfortunate life very well penned. (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2019 3:49:00 PM)

    An especially interesting poem in light of Trump's dream of building a wall. Hughes was so ahead of his time- I think this poem was written waaaay before the civil rights movement (Report) Reply

    (1/31/2019 8:51:00 AM)

    I understand what you mean, but the wall is a symbolism of doubt that reminds him he cannot reach his dreams because he is black. I can personally relate to this poem because I myself am fully African.

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  • (12/3/2018 8:12:00 AM)

    I hated this poem do much that i just want to give this thing to the burn pit just kidding i loves this poem so much (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2018 8:11:00 AM)

    I hated this poem do much that i just want to give this thing to the burn pit

    just kidding i love this poem
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  • (6/24/2018 7:51:00 AM)

    What is the moral (Report) Reply

    (1/31/2019 8:53:00 AM)

    No matter what stands in your way you can always find your dream and fight for it.

  • (6/17/2018 12:45:00 PM)

    Great...! In front of me,
    Bright like a sun—
    My dream.
    And then the wall rose,
    Rose slowly,
    Slowly,
    Between me and my dream......... beautiful and powerful poetry
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2018 9:25:00 PM)

    Ok thanks to all those who are trying to get this piem (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/21/2018 3:05:00 AM)

    four walls of concrete and into the dome live I; nothing is there without a nightmare
    Yet devours me that darkness of dream........!

    excellent the great is
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  • (5/8/2018 5:39:00 PM)

    Add a comment.my hands my dark handsbreak through the wall find my dream (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/5/2018 3:03:00 AM)

    A powerful poem. It deserves its rating in the top 500. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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