Poem of the Day


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...

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A note from the editor: Langston Hughes was born on this day in 1902. February is also Black History Month. Read our poem guide for "Harlem," written by Scott Challener.

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