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Langston Hughes: “Harlem”


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 was born in 1901 and died in 1967. His poetry is enduring, echoing widely held experiences and thoughts in ways as simple as they are eloquent.