In My Write Mind
2.09.2005

Dreaming Is All Write...

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.

--Dreams, Langston Hughes



It was during an after school session with my English teacher, Mr. Morris, that I first read those words by James Langston Hughes. Always being the shy one, the quiet kid that sat in the middle of the room, the one who got good grades in school but never really spoke much, I needed those words.

And my teacher knew it.

He'd read my short stories of a fictitious superhero named Super Willie, who would go on bizarre rescue missions after having, yes, a dream, about where danger lurked. He'd see me staring off into space during class and knew my mind was racing about who-knows-what, just knowing that I wasn't you-know-where.

He suspected I was a dreamer, and wanted me to know that it was OK. Those words by Mr. Hughes, given to me by Mr. Morris, made me the Mr. Dreamer I am today.

It also gave me a license to do what I loved and not be shy about it. The license to write. And write I did. No longer did I feel weird about dreaming up off the wall adventures and putting them to paper. It was like that poem gave me permission to be different. And I loved it.

I look to Langston, who was in his thirties when he penned Dreams, to remind me that no matter how old you are, you can still hold fast, not let go. He relished, as I do now, the opportunity to tell the stories of his people "in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter and language itself." That shared dream makes him my main inspiration--but not my only one.

Writers and poets such as Amiri Baraka, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, Hayden Carruth, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, Jane Cooper, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Nikki Giovanni, Walt Whitman, just to name a few--they all use their imagination as well as real life experiences to tell a story, to keep their dreams alive.

And that, to me, is what this blog is all about. So fitting is the title IN MY WRITE MIND, as it transmits my thoughts straight to your eyes. So thank you, Mr. Morris and Mr. Hughes, for making me Mr. Dreamer.

Thank you for making me believe that dreaming is all write.

scribbled by Will at 2/09/2005 07:23:00 PM
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