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[Poetry Friday] I Dream a World by Langston Hughes

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Myra here.

I am glad to once again join the Poetry Friday community with another Langston Hughes’ poem in keeping with our current reading theme that celebrates diversity and the voices of the silenced.


Our host this week is the very talented Michelle Heidenrich Barnes from Today’s Little Ditty.


Last week, I shared The Negro Speaks of Rivers from this lovely book. This week, I have “I Dream a World” which apparently was written by Hughes for an opera called Troubled Island. I love the hope and the quiet faith woven into this verse. So powerful. I took a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app.


Here is the actual page from the book with the beautiful illustration of Benny Andrews.


As I was searching Youtube for resources, I came upon this beautiful music rendition of the poem by a Youth Choir with the music composed by André J. Thomas. So beautiful. I hope you enjoy it, dear friends.

How about you, dear Poetry Friday friends, what kind of world do you dream of?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

10 comments on “[Poetry Friday] I Dream a World by Langston Hughes

  1. I dream of such a world as well, Myra, especially for our children. Thank you for sharing the love today.


  2. Becky Shillington

    I love Langston Hughes’ poetry! Thanks so much for sharing these, Myra!


  3. How delightful that Hughes’ text was put to music! The composer did a lovely job.


  4. Another beautiful selection, Myra – and so poignant with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act here this week. I was just a year old then – so much change in my lifetime, and yet – so far still to go to realize the dreams expressed in Hughes’s poem (and in that gorgeous choral version!).
    Thanks for sharing – and wishing you joy, like a pearl….


  5. Lovely. I don’t think I’ve read this one before.


  6. It is another beautiful work by Langston Hughes, Myra. Since I’ve lived all these years with the Civil Rights Act yet we are still hearing or seeing injustice, makes me sad. My dreams are always that times can be different.


  7. Cool! What a great poem! 🙂


  8. Hi, Myra. I love the first image you created with this poem. Seeing the text surrounded by nature, with that bridge beneath it brought out the peacefulness of the poem for me.


  9. maryleehahn

    I agree with Laura. I love how your choice of illustration on the app added so much to the poem!


  10. I borrowed that very Langston Hughes book from the library not long ago. It is powerful. So is your header graphic with the safety-pinned mouth. Wow!


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