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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

  • Gold Star - 4,998 Points Bharati Nayak (7/19/2015 9:04:00 PM)

    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair
    It has tacks in it
    And splinters
    And boards torn
    And places no carptet on the floor
    Bare
    But all the time
    I 'se been a-climbin' on- - - - - The poem is truly inspirational urging to embrace life in its totality with all its hardships and go moving. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,556 Points Melissa Patty (7/15/2015 4:44:00 PM)

    Awk this poem is so sweet, you have such a strong bond with your son its so beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 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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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. All In A Family Way , Thomas Moore
  26. 26. A Family Reunion , Heather Burns
  27. 27. Family , Violet Creek
  28. 28. Once Upon A Time , Jacqueline Shor
  29. 29. Family I Love , Kristina Riggs
  30. 30. Family First , Bonnie B Long
  31. 31. Christmas (A Sestina) , Leslie Alexis
  32. 32. Obama, You Have A Big Family , Hebert Logerie
  33. 33. My Family , Jennifer Rondeau
  34. 34. Divine Family , Kumarmani Mahakul
  35. 35. To Me What Family Is , Glaedr the poet
  36. 36. (702) Poemhunters A Family Needs Yo.. , Melvina Germain
  37. 37. Family , justin kamara
  38. 38. The Family Bank: Answer To America's Pro.. , Lonnie Hicks
  39. 39. I Love All The Poemhunter Family , John Knight
  40. 40. I Am Me! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  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. Kkkk Charity Starters , S.zaynub Kamoonpuri
  46. 46. Family , krista something
  47. 47. Grandma's Treasure Box , Lonnie Hicks
  48. 48. A Family , angel of passion 016
  49. 49. Family & Friends , Lizzy Pureheart
  50. 50. What Is Family? , Edwina Reizer
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