Langston Hughes … dreams deferred


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What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore. …
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

—Langston Hughes, from his poem “Harlem” (1951)

“Hold fast to dreams,                                                                                                    For if dreams die                                                                                                             Life is a broken-winged bird,                                                                                 That cannot fly.”

~ Langston Hughes

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