Poem #6: Harlem by Langston Hughes

As a reminder, April is National Poetry Month in the US.  Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an American poet and novelist. He is known for his portrayal of African-American life especially during the Harlem Renaissance period.

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?

You can find out more about him and other poets at Poets.org.
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