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?

by Langston Hughes

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Joyce Kilmers story of a deli owner who supplies his town with all the things they need to live. The rhyming is perfection and the poem tells a great story.
Here is a brilliant piece with keen observation. Kilmer writes of a man who owns a delicatessen – a shop with amazing wares from around the world. The poet observes how shopman provides food for many a table, but is never acknowledged. But the shopman doesn’t seek to be acknowledged. Instead, he has his priorities right: he loves God and his family. His job is important; he must work to feed and provide for his family. The shopman realizes that all the material things will someday pass away. He was just a happy, hardworking entrepreneur. This narrative has a smooth flow, with wonderful images, and a great rhyme scheme. Very touching. Well written.