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DREAMING ON THE TRAIN




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?

Or does it explode?


I like to think I'm in the business of making my dream come true.

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kellyrfineman
Feb. 10th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Speaking of dreams deferred . . . we might not have to wait five years (or for a 6-figure book deal). There are rentals in Tuscany that would only set us back about $500/week. (I know -airfare, food, etc.) But still. Perhaps it's time to start a vacation fund?
angeladegroot
Feb. 11th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I think you mean retreat fund. And yes, we should start one.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Indeed. Retreat fund. I will start one this month.
writerjenn
Feb. 11th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
When my stepson had to read 'A Raisin in the Sun' for school, I started quoting this poem out of nowhere. I remembered part of it--and the interesting thing was, I'd never TRIED to memorize it. It just stuck in there somehow. Especially the last line!
angeladegroot
Feb. 11th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Like most of the poem in my Random House Treasury of Best-Loved Poems collection, I'd never heard this one before. I'm not sure if it's the dream deferred or the dreamer that would explode.
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