As I Grew Older

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

by Langston Hughes

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Great...! In front of me, Bright like a sun— My dream. And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream......... beautiful and powerful poetry
Ok thanks to all those who are trying to get this piem
four walls of concrete and into the dome live I; nothing is there without a nightmare Yet devours me that darkness of dream........! excellent the great is
Add a comment.my hands my dark handsbreak through the wall find my dream
A powerful poem. It deserves its rating in the top 500.
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