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

  • (4/23/2018 11:44:00 AM)


    I will wash you all nun of yall can't beat me. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HAHA (Report) Reply

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  • (4/17/2018 3:01:00 PM)


    So great☇ (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2018 4:56:00 PM)


    I feel like 90 percent of these comments are fake or computer generated but that's just me solid poem tho (Report) Reply

  • (4/7/2018 11:30:00 PM)


    I like this poem its very close to our life. (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 2:06:00 PM)


    I like this because it was good (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 2:01:00 PM)


    Nate prinkey sounds like a girl (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 1:59:00 PM)


    Nate prinkey doesnt know haow to read and he sounds like a girl (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 1:55:00 PM)


    This has not been my favorite poem and because i am a poem critic and i ride sharks for a living. (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2018 11:14:00 AM)


    Thanks again (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2018 8:20:00 PM)


    wow it is amasing
    i like it
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/10/2018 9:32:00 AM)


    My mother was died.this poem touch my felling. (Report) Reply

  • (3/8/2018 9:10:00 PM)


    Love it (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2018 11:02:00 PM)


    Wat tf (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2018 1:42:00 PM)


    wao,a grt poem... (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2018 2:09:00 PM)


    I love this poem and read it for my teen age son who is now a man with two sons of his own. I've bought books by Langston Hughes. They are some of my favorites. (Report) Reply

  • (2/20/2018 12:43:00 AM)


    I am 74 yrs old. Preparing to recite this poem on Sunday for black history. It will be done Well. (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2018 2:28:00 PM)


    I have been in love with this poem since high school. Makes you remember you can climb up. (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2018 12:54:00 PM)


    This This Good Poem! (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2018 9:06:00 AM)


    i love this poem, and it tells me to never give up and to keep on going till i make it to the top. (Report) Reply

    (4/4/2018 10:04:00 AM)

    You could also go down the stairs, or. fall on the way down to get there quicker. And fall up the stairs to get up again.

    (4/4/2018 9:52:00 AM)

    You can go down also. But you can just fall down, unless you can fall up stairs

    (2/14/2018 12:55:00 PM)

    Dont Mind Me Just Creepin Up In Yo DMS

  • (2/11/2018 12:01:00 PM)


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014


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