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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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Latricia Berry (1/28/2016 3:34:00 PM)

    Love this Poem one of my favorites remind me of a hard struggling single mother telling her son don't matter what happens keep moving forward don't let nothing stop you (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 568 Points Aabid Masroor (1/27/2016 1:09:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 51,779 Points Rajnish Manga (12/25/2015 10:33:00 PM)

    Cautious words of a mother to her son are indicative of the harsh realities of life and how to take on the same. (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. A Family Reunion , Heather Burns
  25. 25. Family , Violet Creek
  26. 26. My Family , Jennifer Rondeau
  27. 27. Obama, You Have A Big Family , Hebert Logerie
  28. 28. Family I Love , Kristina Riggs
  29. 29. Divine Family , Kumarmani Mahakul
  30. 30. Fam , david bailey
  31. 31. (702) Poemhunters A Family Needs Yo.. , Melvina Germain
  32. 32. Family , justin kamara
  33. 33. The Family Bank: Answer To America's Pro.. , Lonnie Hicks
  34. 34. I Am Me! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  35. 35. Her Tiny Face , Heather Burns
  36. 36. Why Can'T Family Be Family Again , Marco Jimenez
  37. 37. Kumana , Ali Eckermann
  38. 38. Family , krista something
  39. 39. Grandma's Treasure Box , Lonnie Hicks
  40. 40. What Is Family? , Edwina Reizer
  41. 41. Family , Pali Girl S...
  42. 42. My New Family , Aldo Kraas
  43. 43. A Family , angel of passion 016
  44. 44. F.A.M.I.L.Y , Courtney Steele
  45. 45. Good Family , Babatunde Aremu
  46. 46. A Perfect Family , Casey Lyon
  47. 47. Photograph , Mark R Slaughter
  48. 48. Bird Family. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  49. 49. “my Family” , Va Rockeya Foy
  50. 50. Family Love... , Ms. Anika Martinez
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