Langston Hughes Night Thread

Writer and activist James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902. He was a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and was of the first writers of “jazz poetry.”

Here’s one of his 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?

Have a good night, ‘Cados!