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?

– Langston Hughes

A Dream Deferred

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

Langston Hughes and Jack Kerouac


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Langston Hughes, born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri preceeded the beat poets by about 30 years. Yet his poems and stories had much in common with Alan Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac and the beat movement. Langston Hughes wrote about the lives of Afro Americans between the 1930’s and the 1960’s with the realism of beat writers and their attention to detail. Like the beats, Hughes also had a passion for travel and visited Mexico, Africa, Europe… and worked as a seaman like Jack Kerouac.
– From the Blues for peace website

The commonality extends to their voices and deliveries as well. Interesting stuff. I would reverse the text to read, “the beats, like Langston Hughes” and “Jack Kerouac, like Langston Hughes” because he came first, but that is quibbling. I found their site because I wondered if anyone else noticed all of the similarities. Good job BFP. They say they’re not political. Well, everything is political. if you’re going to call yourself Blues for Peace and you won’t even say a few words for Palestinian rights…hmmm…