Hold rapid to dreams For if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat can not fly.

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Hold fast to dreamsFor when desires goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow.



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A poet, novelist, fiction writer, and also playwright, Langston Hughes is known for his insightful, vivid portrayals of black life in America indigenous the twenties with the sixties and also was crucial in shaping the creative contributions the the Harlem Renaissance.


Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,Rocking back and soon to a mellow croon, i heard a black play.Down ~ above Lenox way the various other nightBy the pale dull pallor of one old gas irradiate He did a lazy persuade . . . That did a lazy guide . . .To the tune o" those Weary Blues.With his ebony hands on each cream color keyHe made that bad piano moan v melody. O Blues!Swaying to and also fro ~ above his rickety stoolHe played that sad raggy tune choose a music fool. Sweet Blues!Coming native a black man"s soul. O Blues!In a deep tune voice through a melancholy toneI heard that black sing, that old piano moan— "Ain"t acquired nobody in every this world, Ain"t gained nobody yet ma self. I"s gwine come quit ma frownin" and also put ma problem on the shelf."

Thump, thump, thump, walk his foot ~ above the floor.He play a few chords climate he sang part more— "I obtained the Weary Blues and I can"t it is in satisfied. Got the Weary Blues and can"t be satisfied— i ain"t happy no mo" and also I wish the I had died."And much into the night that crooned the tune.The stars went out and also so walk the moon.The singer quit playing and also went to bedWhile the Weary Blues echoed v his head.He slept choose a rock or a man that"s dead.


I went under to the river,I collection down ~ above the bank.I tried to think yet couldn"t,So ns jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!I came up twice and also cried!If that water hadn"t a-been so coldI might"ve sunk and also died.

however it was Cold in the water! It was cold!

I take it the elevatorSixteen floors over the ground.I thought around my babyAnd believed I would certainly jump down.

I stood there and also I hollered!I was standing there and I cried!If the hadn"t a-been so highI might"ve jumped and died.

yet it was High up there! It to be high!

So since I"m still here livin",I guess I will live on.I could"ve passed away for love—But because that livin" ns was born

Though you may hear me holler,And you might see me cry—I"ll it is in dogged, sweet baby,If friend gonna watch me die.

Life is fine! Fine together wine! Life is fine!


The instructor said,

go home and write a page tonight. And also let that web page come out of you— Then, it will be true.

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I wonder if it"s that simple?I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.I went to institution there, then Durham, climate hereto this college on the hill above Harlem.I to be the just colored college student in mine class.The measures from the hill lead down right into Harlem,through a park, then i cross St. Nicholas,Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and also I involved the Y,the Harlem Branch Y, where I take it the elevatorup to my room, sit down, and write this page:

It"s not basic to know what is true for you or me at twenty-two, my age. However I guess I"m what ns feel and also see and also hear, Harlem, ns hear you:hear you, hear me—we two—you, me, speak on this page.(I hear brand-new York, too.) Me—who?Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and also be in love.I like to work, read, learn, and also understand life.I like a pipe for a Christmas present,or records—Bessie, bop, or Bach.I guess being colored doesn"t do me no likethe very same things various other folks favor who are various other races.So will my web page be colored that ns write?

Being me, it will certainly not be white. Yet it will bea part of you, instructor.You room white— however a component of me, as I to be a component of you. That"s American.Sometimes maybe you don"t want to be a component of me.Nor do I often want to be a part of you.But we are, that"s true! together I learn from you, ns guess you find out from me— return you"re older—and white— and somewhat an ext free.