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 mean?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
The “Harlem” tee is named after Langston Hughes’ 1951 poem by the same name. Harlem poses a series of questions about the fate of dreams we fail to pursue, coinciding with one of Hughes’ most common used themes: the evasive and elusive nature of the American Dream for Black Americans. As one of my favorite poems, Harlem has been a major source of motivation in the pursuit of my own dreams. “What happens to a dream deferred?” I don’t ever plan to find out.
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