Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: mother


Comments about Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

  • (12/3/2018 1:10:00 PM)


    Where there ain't been no light. Cause he finds it's kinder hard. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/29/2018 11:11:00 AM)


    The video like totally sucked. Like I don’t mean to be rude but seriously? There was no emotion. No feelings. It was like words on a page that don’t mean anything. That are there but don’t say anything. The voice sounds like they are just reading to get paid. Chose a new person to read it I say, and read it like your telling your own child, warning them about the joys and hardships of life and training them to be kind and loving towards all around them. Like if your with me! (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2018 2:48:00 PM)


    I had to do this for my school. It’s better than some things I have to do
    Like if you agree with me! ! Lol 😂
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2018 2:46:00 PM)


    Not one of the best poems I’ve read but still ok. (Report) Reply

  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (11/18/2018 9:31:00 AM)


    Life is not a bed of roses (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2018 9:07:00 AM)


    very cash money very cash money very cash mone7 (Report) Reply

  • (10/30/2018 3:53:00 AM)


    Happiness and hardship, are part of life (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 11:45:00 AM)


    Phenomenal Poet/writer (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2018 2:47:00 PM)


    Life is an ongoing challenge-beautifully yet tenderly written. (Report) Reply

  • (10/3/2018 8:14:00 PM)


    I dont like the computer reading the poem (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2018 9:23:00 PM)


    Chaos is a ladder. All that matters is the climb. (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2018 7:48:00 PM)


    are there any examples of ambiguity in this poem? (Report) Reply

  • Angela Wimberly (9/26/2018 10:30:00 PM)


    Langston Hughes is one of my favorite Authors, Poet and Mother to Son is my favorite poem of his... (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2018 8:23:00 PM)


    Similar to my anthology of poems titled Unlike the seabridge (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2018 4:12:00 AM)


    This is a great piece of writing. (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2018 5:15:00 AM)


    this video is vry bad
    can't imagine
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/30/2018 1:48:00 AM)


    it so beautiful nakakaiyak (Report) Reply

  • (7/22/2018 5:03:00 PM)


    This poem gave us an inspiration to continue fighting the challenges (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (7/20/2018 1:52:00 PM)


    This is an inspiring poem. The simple presentation of the complex life is the beauty of this poem
    Chandan
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 10:01:00 AM)


    Very very very bad 😉😉😉😉😅😅😅🤣🤣🤣 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014


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