Everything ceases the moment you discover Langston Hughes. Jacqueline Woodson shared this in her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. I have been dreaming and Langston Hughes is my keeper. He helps you become intentional with words. To him they matter and can be fire within, setting a world ablaze when used with precision. He was skillful at this, hence why I keep dreaming, of words, of joy, of timeless things I can do, because I dared to dream. ‘Hold on to your dream,’ he once wrote, ‘for if they die, life becomes like a broken-winged bird, unable to fly.’ I am holding on to them and because of Mr Hughes, I am prepared to fly. See my take on his powerful poem ‘Dreams.’
Let your dreams be like the glowing moon. Impossible to reach, but still, hold on to your dreams.
Let your journey be as golden like sunsets at dawn. Impossible to describe, your journey full of gold.
Let your joy be like countless circles of light. Impossible to count, your circles full of joy.
Let your questions be as endless like rivers without end. Impossible to debate, your questions that flow.
Let your voice be loud for justice and peace. Impossible to silence, your voice so loud.
Let your soul be full of grace. Impossible to break, a graceful soul like you.