Burn, Baby, Burn! (was Re: death and the Death Penalty)

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Sun Mar 7 14:28:13 PST 1999

Also by Langston Hughes:

Hold Fast to Dreams

Hold fast to dreams For when dreams die Life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly

Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field covered with snow

>>> Yoshie Furuhashi <furuhashi.1 at osu.edu> 03/06/99 05:39PM >>>
Angela wrote:
>well, how this is an acknowledgement of class anger and hatred WITHIN
>the context of an argument against the death penalty, i have no idea.
>it is pretty much an expression of anger WITHIN the reigning terms of
>recompense, retribution and revenge, however.

Here's a Langston Hughes poem for you.

***** Dream Deferred

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 meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode? *****


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