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?
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Dream deferred", appears in The Panther and the Lash, first published 1967 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Frank W. Brazinski (b. 1932), "Dream deferred" [ baritone or tenor, unaccompanied ], from Names in Uphill Letters [sung text not yet checked]
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