What happens to a dream deferred? Langston Hughes’ compact answer: It dries, It festers. It stinks. It’s masked. It burdens. Any one…and all of the above. And then?
A dream deferred is a promise unfulfilled. What dreams have I deferred? Which of Hughes’ six descriptions best fits the state of my deferred dreams? And as I answer these questions for myself, I ask also—how do my deferrals contribute to deferring the dreams of others? We are the inheritors of interwoven dreams. What dream deferred are we no longer willing to postpone?