As part of a recent residency led by Get Lit – Words Ignite instructors Raul Herrera and Brian Sonia-Wallace at Sierra Preparatory Academy, students selected a classic poem, wrote their own response poem, and performed both for an audience of peers and family members. The following is a response poem to Langston Hughes’s Dream Variations.
The Dream and the Highest Peak
By: Erik Lopez, 6th grade
Racism feels like looking at a box of colored pencils without every color, full of emptiness
And it tastes like all the bitterness of the world put in one lemon
Racism is an on-going nightmare that has not yet ended
Racism is the train that’s been going since 1807 that only carries depression
It’s just like numbers, it doesn’t seem to end.
Langston Hughes’ unfulfilled dream will hopefully one day become a reality.
So that anyone can fling their arms wide
Enjoying the vibrant sun’s smile
And being allowed to dance
Till the wonderful day is done
As they watch the beautiful stars come on lightly like a warm blanket
Then sleeping without worries and only comforting dreams.
THAT IS THE DREAM!
And the highest peak
The peak that all civil rights activist want to reach
But if they want to make the dream a reality,
Then they have to pick up the pace to pass the point of the peak in stopping the painfulness of the racist to re-paint the picture of the passionate world with more colors than just white.