The Dream Keeper
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all your heart melodies,
that I may wrap them in a blue cloud cloth,
Away from the too rough fingers of the world
Short and sweet, sometimes this is what I like in a poem. I have five short lines to understand instead of twenty. The message to me is clear, the world is a tough place. All humans have something built into their minds that causes us to dream, want, desire, and covet. What Hughes is trying to say in his poem is that it is alright to dream, but remember that we are at the will of the world and the world is tough. That is why Hughes wants to be the dream keeper, to protect and guide us. To remind us that sometimes failure is inevitable and we must persevere.
This poem has meaning for me because I am a goal oriented person. Every day I look to fulfill goals that I set for myslef. After having 16 years of martial arts training, which is primarily goal oriented, I find myself setting goals dayly because that is a good way to keep the life of a college student in line. There are different kinds of goals, longterm and short term. For me, I make it a point to fulfill goals dayly because it helps both the ego and the direction of myself. What this poem reminds me of is that it is ok to fail at a goal because the world is tough and even though the world is tough I should continue to strive higher and keep fighting.