Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Day 5: Dreams

Poems don't have to be long or wordy to get their point across. Brevity is sometimes much more powerful. Poetry puts things in perspective for us. And some short poems are like a sharp slap across the face. The stinging of truth.

Like this poem by African-American poet Langston Hughes. Using two simple metaphors, he manages to describe exactly what life is like without a dream. Simple, but affecting.

Dreams - Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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