„What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?“

"Harlem"
Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)
Kontext: 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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US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller 1902 - 1967

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