Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dream Deferred - Poem by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 2, 2015


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