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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #21

A poem by a poet who is African American

Dreams
by Langston Hughes

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

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

from The Dreamkeeper and other poems.
Knopf, 1932/1994.

Introduction
Invite the children to share their hopes (and dreams) for their futures.

Extension
Children could interpret this beautiful poem artistically by drawing an illustration for it or by choosing or composing music to accompany it.