Mother to Son~L. Hughes

One of my favorite poets:

Langston Hughes’
Mother to Son


 

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor —
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now —
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

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8 thoughts on “Mother to Son~L. Hughes”

  1. Wow what an amazing poem, speaking of endurance, perserverance and the drive to keep on going despite the obstacles that life throws at us. I can relate..my staircase I’ve been ascending has not been lined with rails and carpeted either! I guess the point, as you so eloquently say in your poem, is to keep on going.

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