Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

As I Grew Older - Poem by Langston Hughes

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!

Comments about As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes

  • Gold Star - 4,945 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/25/2015 2:21:00 AM)

    I have love this poem. Thank you (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 10 Points Kadagouda Patil (8/15/2015 12:59:00 PM)

    The darkness is static and death. Sunshine is life, joy and meaning. The Wall that rose, The Shadow in which we sleep are restrictions which we create ouselves. They are frailties of humans. This is how one travel from darkness towards sunshine. Wonderful, unparallelled.... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,489 Points Dedan Onyango (7/11/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    The black identity rings supreme. The dream is now true. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,064 Points Phanice Wamukota (7/2/2015 3:53:00 AM)

    Way to go, dreaming is free, pursuing the dream is the task at hand. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 222 Points Nicole Anne Sia (6/29/2015 9:34:00 PM)

    That's amazing. [3 Sometimes, you ought to break blockages in you life in order to pursue your goals. ;) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie harendra bhadouria (6/27/2015 12:35:00 AM)

    these interrupting ads sucks. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 385 Points Nebe Albert (6/26/2015 3:26:00 PM)

    Nice one, cool (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points israel Malinga (6/24/2015 1:23:00 AM)

    Love it! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,689 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/11/2015 9:22:00 PM)

    oh shocks..
    why so brilliant
    why so heartfelt

    why so good in imagery..
    love love. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,807 Points Bernard Snyder (3/30/2015 3:29:00 PM)

    Another great poem! Nice collection of thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points Nadia Robb (1/21/2015 10:37:00 AM)

    So passionately written. Hughes knows how to paint a picture with his words! There seemed to be a moment to which he rescinded into the shadow of himself if just to think about what had happened to his dream. His dream no longer shining brightly before him, there instead is the realization of the barriers more prominent than his dreams. With a final surge of inspiration he vows to break down the wall almost single-handedly to reveal the light of possibilities to all who dream even those who face adversity. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/3/2014 9:14:00 PM)

    The stormy life of Langston's life and the dream for self and for his people I just love the words and great thought- And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream.Rose until it touched the sky- hope and energy giver the word selection Rose- noun Rose a verb. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Abdallah Mpogole (10/22/2014 6:31:00 AM)

    Well thinker, well set and well met.! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,090 Points Abekah Emmanuel (9/6/2014 3:30:00 PM)

    Hughes never stop amusing me with his often short but deeply emotional words and ideas. I simply love this poem to the fullest! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,090 Points Abekah Emmanuel (9/6/2014 3:29:00 PM)

    Hughes never stop amusing me with his often short but deeply emotional words and ideas. I simply love this poem to the fullest! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 46,310 Points Gajanan Mishra (7/9/2014 8:31:00 AM)

    help me to shatter this darkness, good one, thanks, (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,238 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:47:00 PM)

    I like the imagery.... nice work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 307 Points Nancy Oyula (6/11/2014 9:05:00 AM)

    Couldn't be written better, well put (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,355 Points Melikhaya Zagagana (5/7/2014 10:28:00 AM)

    The Man standing, i love Mr. Hughes he is very honest and realistic in ways of writing, he dreams real life. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,093 Points Babatunde Aremu (5/6/2014 3:01:00 PM)

    Very simple and wonderful lines. Easy to relate with (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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