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What Happens to a Dream Deferred?  

A little girl with warm brown eyes that sparkle with her smile
She's the smallest in her class
But she remains undeterred
Her eyes reflect hope and the
Promise that her future holds great things
She can be whatever she wants to be
That's what she was told
And that's what she believed.
Time passed and the little girl
Grew into a young lady
Her eyes still maintained that reflection of hope and the
Promise that her future held great things
Dreams of being a lawyer, a pediatrician, and
Finally settling on an engineer.
This dream became a reality
But what happens to the dreams of love?
The promise of a prince charming?
The love like in the movies?
What happens when this young woman looks around
And there is no knight in shining armour?
Dreams of a husband, a house, 2.5 kids...
These dreams are deferred.
So do the deferred dreams dry up like
Raisins in the sun?
Nah...I'm too determined to let that happen
These dreams are tucked away in a safe place
And called upon every night
To bring a smile and continue the hope and the
Promise that tomorrow brings another day
Filled with endless possibilities...
She's come too far
I've come too far
To let my dream dry up like a raisin in the sun
So Mr. Hughes, the answer is no...they don't dry up
At least not mine.
If we allow our dreams to dry up
That means we're losing hope and sight of a
Future that holds endless promises.
Remain complacent, I cannot.
Trudge on is what I do.
One day at a time
One step at a time
One dream at a time
Until I reach my dream
Then the beginning of a
New dream

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1 comments: to “ What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

  • E. "Bluntastic" Pizzler, the Fourth
    July 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM  

    Very well written...I pictured a girl with hope in her big brown eyes, golden sun-kissed complexion, round cheeks, the 2nd tallest girl in her class...
    and I saw the small brown-skinned spunky girl standing right beside her in Ms. Maxey's class...and realized she had the same dreams I do.

    Trudge on :)