Harlem

Sometimes a poem inspires me to illustrate it. This is one of my favorite poems and the painting that it inspired:


Harlem

by Langston Hughes

What happens tIM000040.JPGo 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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