This week my heart breaks for so many people: the Houston residents who are beginning the long process of rebuilding after Harvey’s floods, the islanders in the Caribbean whose homes and countries have been devastated by Irma, the Floridians (and others up the southeastern seaboard) who are bracing for Irma’s arrival, the residents of southern Mexico who still tremble with the aftershocks of an earthquake, the DREAMers who reached out for a chance for the American dream only to have it snatched away. With the onslaught of storms–both physical and political, I’m not sure what structures and institutions will be left standing once the storms subside. We will have much to rebuild, but I remain hopeful that we can rebuild a dream that is stronger and more inclusive.
As I’ve mourned for the dreams dashed by hurricanes and political storms this week, I turned to the poetry of Langston Hughes. So many of his poems return to dreams. First, there are dreams 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?
Read the rest of the poem here.
Like Hughes, I want to be a Dream Keeper for those whose dreams seem far away or impossible. I want to keep the safe from “the too-rough fingers/Of the world.”
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all of your
Read the rest of the “The Dream Keeper” here.
But most of all, I want to dream of a world that offers peace and freedom and opportunity to all:
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn.
Read the rest of “I Dream a World” here.
No matter how dire the news is today or next week, dreams live on. If we work together, we can bring those dreams to fruition and nourish the dreams of us all. What do you dream for our world this week?
Each Friday, I am excited to take part in Poetry Friday, where writers share their love of all things poetry. Matt has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. This week he celebrates the launch of his picture book Flashlight Night and has more news about another new book coming soon! Stop by and see what poetry morsels are offered this week.