A 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?     Langston Hughes.


This poem of Mr. Hughes is so raw and potent. It seems to just rip apart the truth and lay it bare. It takes me to the heart of the question that I have been toting around like the heavy load he speaks of. Will I act on this good idea I have tucked away in my thoughts, or just run away from it? Shall I fertilize it with action, belief, commitment, or just let it whither and dry up?

Reflection poems, such as this one of Hughes, often points us to our own self, does it not? It coaxes us to look deeper in the mirror and do our own reflecting.


Let’s have a serious eye ball to eye ball chat with our dear familiar twin looking back at us. Let’s ask some tough questions about our progress of turning our good ideas into reality. This time it’s your twin’s turn to talk. Be ready for the raw unfiltered truth.

Does your voice in the mirror sound like this?

“Congratulations, mi amigo. I am proud that you have taken that good idea of yours and pushed it into gear. You are rockin’ it with the ‘R’s! You have being doing your research, sorting out your resources, and making the requests for help, and now you are reflecting on your progress.  I’m so proud of you! You are the man! You were awesome this week when you stood up against rejection. Keep smiling and keep moving ahead with your good idea!” A hand appears in the mirror and waits for a high five.


Or is this a truer chat with your reflection?

“You really want the truth…the honest to goodness low down on your progress with your good idea project?   Let’s be real… are we not both feeling that good idea beginning to sag? Seriously now, what action have you taken today…or better yet, this entire week, to move your good idea forward? A better question is to name the excuses you have given for letting that idea continue to fester? Now be honest and fess up, my friend, have you just decided to be content to go about living the ‘same ole’ life; that one where you only think about your unfulfilled idea and wistfully wonder and wish that you had done more. Look at me partner…yep it’s just you and me in this mirror. When will we say, we have had enough of the worthless, wimpy excuses? When will we say, “No longer will my dream be deferred.”

When working on a project of turning our dreams into reality, there’s nothing like a heart to heart reflection to keep us focused and on track..

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