A Dream Deferred Is A Dream Realized – In honor of Langston Hughes

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The dream

is equal parts deferred

and realized

It is a river

that runs

though it can be redirected

and move under

the cover

of earth

it flows onward still

Place mountains before it

it will not end

Washing away whatever

stands in its flow

It is the epitome of power

without end

The dream deferred

cannot be dried

it is forever alive

a vibrant body of water

steadily it continues

flowing on

and as rivers do

it bends the earth

to its will

changing paths

the river shall win

and reach the sea


the dream deferred

is the water of your blood and soul

the contents of your life force

We are the currents


into one source

Your life

is the daily realization

of the dream

A Dream Deferred

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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