As I Grew Older
Langston Hughes

It was a long time ago
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there and then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun-
My dream

And then the wall rose.
Rose slowly,
Between me and my dream,
Rose slowly, slowly,
The light of my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky–
the wall.

I am black.

I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the ight 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 loghts of the sun,
into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

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