Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

Dream Deferred

BY LANGSTON HUGHES

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?

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Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

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