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

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/30/2017 10:42:00 AM)


    Beautiful description. Thanks for the nice poem shared. (Report) Reply

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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (9/13/2017 11:57:00 PM)


    A nice description of illusory life. (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2017 12:28:00 PM)


    As we get older, our dreams seem less possible. Life's insults cut us to the heart, and the wounds masquerade as wisdom. It tells us our dreams are too dangerous, too foolish, too late. Without the aid of innocence and naivete, dreams take more courage to fulfill. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/10/2017 1:07:00 PM)


    In front of me,
    Bright like a sun—
    My dream.
    And then the wall rose,
    Rose slowly,
    Slowly,
    Between me and my dream.
    Beautiful.10
    (Report) Reply

  • Seema Devi Sharma (9/6/2017 2:38:00 PM)


    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!
    Beautiful.
    10
    (Report) Reply

  • Sabita Sahoo (9/6/2017 1:31:00 PM)


    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,
    Wow..great.
    10+++
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 2:14:00 PM)


    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!
    Wow, what a nice poem.
    10++
    (Report) Reply

  • Kyvin Nash (7/28/2017 4:08:00 PM)


    I can sense hindrance, oppression, pain , powerless, a sudden change, in a spare of a moment ! A picture in the past many can relate to ...though it is or was something to be overcomes, good poem! (Report) Reply

  • Sonia Deendayal (7/22/2017 4:19:00 AM)


    peaceful, serene in dark (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/6/2017 11:05:00 AM)


    A frightening thought, to be separated from the dreams of your life by that over which you have no control. Their is determination here, though, the spark of rebellion to fight for that which must be overcome to reach what others may have as their birthright. (Report) Reply

  • Sophy Chen (7/4/2017 11:29:00 AM)


    nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Youmpkang Bapkek  Bright S (4/10/2017 12:59:00 PM)


    find solutions before it will be too late (Report) Reply

  • (4/7/2017 10:44:00 AM)


    A growing human baby, black or white must have the liberty to dream about future life. No barrier or prejudice can interrupt the clear vision developing in the innocent mind of the child. (Report) Reply

  • Awesome Nick (2/23/2017 7:27:00 AM)


    The pursuit of success (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/6/2017 11:18:00 PM)


    Help me to shatter this darkness.

    Nice poem!
    Sylva
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/26/2016 4:36:00 AM)

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    I can't think of anything more fitting to fight for? than one's own dreams (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/4/2016 12:28:00 AM)


    Can't help dreaming when we are young...also can't help growing old when we still want to achieve but miss doing a lot.....that is life....a truthful poem (Report) Reply

  • Neptune Barman (10/23/2016 7:19:00 AM)


    Great thinking in poetry (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/3/2016 4:29:00 PM)


    Very inspirational, heartfelt poem. (Report) Reply

  • F.d. Poetry (8/15/2016 10:39:00 PM)


    Wow. This spoke volumes. I love the plead Help me to shatter this darkness. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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