One Little Poem

One little poem can change a life.  This one changed mine.   When I was a language arts teacher, I had this poem hanging in the front of my classroom. I'd share it with students the first week of school and refer to it throughout the year.  I  carry this poem in my heart. When life becomes a struggle, this little poem fills me  with hope.


by Langston Hughes

Hold fast dreams
For if dreams die
Life is like a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.  

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes is my all time favorite poet.  I "carry" these poems with me too: "April Rain Song," "A Dream Deferred," "Mother to Son", "The Dream Keeper," and "Dream Dust."  It is amazing how much can be said in just a few short lines.


by Langston Hughes

I loved my friend.
He went away from me.
There's nothing more to say.
The poem ends,
Soft as it began
I loved my friend.

When my mother passed away, this tiny poem held my hand and reminded me that we have all lost loved ones, and although words may not heal the pain, they can bring comfort and show us that we are not alone.

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