Waxing Poetic: Harlem

 

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Harlem

By  Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

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?

Langston Hughes, “Harlem” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes.

Source: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Random House Inc., 1990)
credit: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175884

 

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