Sunday, January 18, 2015

To Smash This Night

—Photo by Katy Brown, Davis, CA

—Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
The wall.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!



For more info on Langston Hughes, see And go to the Webilicious red web in the green box at the right of this column for more Harlem Renaissance poets.

Also: there will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute tonight at Sac. Poetry Center, 7pm. Be there!