Two Poems – Langston Hughes

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

… … … …

Helen Keller

She,
In the dark,
Found light
Brighter than many ever see.
She,
Within herself,
Found loveliness,
Through the soul’s own mastery.
And now the world receives
From her dower:
The message of the strength
Of inner power.

– Langston Hughes ( 1902-1967 )

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2 thoughts

  1. Here is another touching poem from the same poet.
    Mistral Man
    Because my mouth
    Is wide with laughter
    And my throat
    Is deep with song,
    You do not think
    I suffer after
    I have held my pain
    So long?

    Because my mouth
    Is wide with laughter,
    You do not hear
    My inner cry?
    Because my feet
    Are gay with dancing,
    You do not know
    I die?

    Minstrel is a travelling entertainer. The poem is light and stress free but conveys deep meaning in a calm and non-complaining fashion. World does not care what you are going through. It only cares for what it gets from you. There is no market for your hidden pain.

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