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“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
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?”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
life is a broken-winged bird
that can not fly.

Hold fast to dreams
for when dreams go
life is a barren field
frozen with snow.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“To some people
Love is given,
To others
Only Heaven.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
tags: love
“America is a dream.
The poet says it was promises.
The people say it is promises—that will come true.
The people do not always say things out loud,
Nor write them down on paper.
The people often hold
Great thoughts in their deepest hearts
And sometimes only blunderingly express them,
Haltingly and stumbling say them,
And faultily put them into practice.
The people do not always understand each other.
But there is, somewhere there,
Always the trying to understand,
And the trying to say,
"You are a man. Together we are building our land.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Gather up In the arms of your love—Those who expect No love from above.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“I wish the rent Was heaven sent.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“The past has been a mint Of blood and sorrow. That must not be True of tomorrow.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“7 x 7 + love = An amount Infinitely above: 7 x 7 - love.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Life dosent frighten me at all.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Go home and write / a page tonight. / And let that page come out of you - / Then, it will be true.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Quiet Girl"

I would liken you
To a night without stars
Were it not for your eyes.
I would liken you
To a sleep without dreams
Were it not for your songs.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems