Monday, December 14, 2009

Dreams by Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes - dreamer, fighter, truck farmer, poet, waiter, nomad, novelist, ship crew mess boy, playwright, world traveler, almost Communist, scholar, Harlemite in its "vogue," Negro activist. I grew up on his collection of poems to inspire youth: The Dream Keeper. His words glide smooth, the silk of air beneath birds' wings. They dance that tip-tap soulful feeling in your chest when a little girl pouts big, full cheeks, and of fancy new shoes. His words are what rain sings. They remind you that you are, too...


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

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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