People Do ~ for Langston Hughes*

dreams don’t dry up
people do
and yes, raisins too.
(grapes left too long in the sun
are often known to come undone)

if dreams are not realized
it doesn’t mean they have to die
or stink and ooze
like bunions
and old boils

as we walk that going road
deferred dreams
do not explode,
but sometimes
people do

and those that don’t
though much abused,
does that not speak
that they are gentle,
mild and meek?

The Bible’s holy word:
(it is not new
so I’m sure you’ve heard)
the meek
will inherit the earth

*after reading “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes


Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 5 reads: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Definition of the word meek: … Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.

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