Teen Poetry Collections

Dreams

by the Young Men’s Group

Hang onto dreams
Because if they die
Life is a battlefield where everyone dies

          Grasp your dreams
          Because if they fly
          Life is willing to give another
          Sympathetic try

   Keep in possession of your dreams
   Because if they die
   Life is a dark, stormy, unforgiving sky

              Hang onto dreams
              Because if they fly
              Life is a shooting star gleaming
              As it flies

Cling to your dreams
Because if they die
Life is a water bottle – half full, half empty
Which causes confusion and misdirection in life

     Get a grip of your dreams
     Because if they fly
     Life is holding you up high

Hang onto your dreams
Because if they die
Life is a kick in the nuts
And a spit in the eye

               Hang onto your dreams
               Because if they fly
               Life is getting respect –
               Worse or better,
               Which or whatever

Hang onto your dreams
Because if they die
Life is like getting your G.E.D., getting by

        Hold on, be strong
        Because if dreams die
        Life is like being incarcerated


Inspired by Langston Hughes