(October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963 / Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts)

Dream Deferred

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?

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I am excited to this great man'work!
I like the Ning Nang Nong.
Absolute delight.
Wonderful poem. Well penned.
Awsm poem :)
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