Category Archives: Langston Hughes

‘Dreams’ by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Here is a little bit of concise, beautiful wisdom for today! There is not much I want to say about this poem, other than I love it. The rhymes in this little gem make it so enchanting and memorable. A lovely one to memorise.

Reviewed by Emily Ardagh

‘Luck’ by Langston Hughes

Sometimes, a crumb falls
From the tables of joy,
Sometimes a bone
Is flung.

To some people
Love is given.
To others
Only heaven.

I love the plain eloquence of this poem. And I randomly translated it into French on Valentine’s Day this year. Here is my translation:

Parfois, une miette tombe
Des tables de la joie,
Parfois, un os
est jeté.

Certaines personnes
Sont bénies par l’amour,
Et d’autres,
Que par le paradis.

Reviewed by Emily Ardagh