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Mother To Son - Poem by Langston Hughes

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.


Comments about Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

  • Freshman - 711 Points Phanice Wamukota (7/2/2015 4:06:00 AM)

    From the horse's mouth. You better heed son! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,259 Points Allotey Abossey (6/4/2015 2:01:00 PM)

    Truly mother to son (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 386 Points Frank Blacharczyk (5/29/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    Where there ain't been no light.
    So, boy, don't you turn back.

    Wonderful lines meaning to me ' don't give up in our difficult trials of life keep going no matter how much it hurts' (Report) Reply

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Poems About Family

  1. 1. Mother To Son , Langston Hughes
  2. 2. A Father To His Son , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. Nurse's Song (Innocence) , William Blake
  4. 4. One Sister Have I In Our House , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. A Cradle Song , William Blake
  6. 6. The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  7. 7. My Papa's Waltz , Theodore Roethke
  8. 8. A Holiday , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  9. 9. Human Family , Maya Angelou
  10. 10. A Nursery Darling , Lewis Carroll
  11. 11. A Family History , Julia Kasdorf
  12. 12. For A Daughter Who Leaves , Janice Mirikitani
  13. 13. My Heart Leaps Up , William Wordsworth
  14. 14. Family Reunion , Jeredith Merrin
  15. 15. A Tribute To Family , Michelle Moran
  16. 16. Father Son And Holy Ghost , Audre Lorde
  17. 17. Disobedience , Alan Alexander Milne
  18. 18. Lot's Wife , Anna Akhmatova
  19. 19. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  20. 20. I Love My Family So Much. , Mahfooz Ali
  21. 21. Family Love Forever , .Pd. is here
  22. 22. We Are Family , Michael J. Burt
  23. 23. Family Comes Together , Glaedr the poet
  24. 24. ! Homage To A Not Unknown Poet , Michael Shepherd
  25. 25. A Family Reunion , Heather Burns
  26. 26. All In A Family Way , Thomas Moore
  27. 27. Family , Violet Creek
  28. 28. The Family Tree , Patricia Grantham
  29. 29. Once Upon A Time , Jacqueline Shor
  30. 30. Family I Love , Kristina Riggs
  31. 31. Family First , Bonnie B Long
  32. 32. Christmas (A Sestina) , Leslie Alexis
  33. 33. Obama, You Have A Big Family , Hebert Logerie
  34. 34. My Family , Jennifer Rondeau
  35. 35. I Am Me! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  36. 36. Divine Family , Kumarmani Mahakul
  37. 37. To Me What Family Is , Glaedr the poet
  38. 38. (702) Poemhunters A Family Needs Yo.. , Melvina Germain
  39. 39. Family , justin kamara
  40. 40. The Family Bank: Answer To America's Pro.. , Lonnie Hicks
  41. 41. Fam , david bailey
  42. 42. Her Tiny Face , Heather Burns
  43. 43. Why Can'T Family Be Family Again , Marco Jimenez
  44. 44. Kumana , Ali Eckermann
  45. 45. Family , krista something
  46. 46. I Love All The Poemhunter Family , John Knight
  47. 47. Grandma's Treasure Box , Lonnie Hicks
  48. 48. Family , LaTisha Parkinson
  49. 49. Family & Friends , Lizzy Pureheart
  50. 50. My Great Family , Neethu Nandakumar
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