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

  • (3/21/2019 10:25:00 AM)

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  • (3/18/2019 7:23:00 PM)

    Hello everyone... (Report) Reply

  • (2/27/2019 10:22:00 PM)

    I love this poem I think it was very encouraging I’m also doing this for my speech festival (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2019 10:40:00 AM)

    We worked hard for freedom (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2019 6:21:00 PM)

    about these poem its one of my best poem i love to read when i miss my mom (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2019 4:55:00 AM)

    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    What every parent need to tell the child.
    Said in a very straightforward way.
    Beautiful
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2019 8:49:00 AM)

    Go suck a
    Eat a
    you mom
    Don’t tell your dad
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2019 8:09:00 AM)

    I think it was the best poem I’ve ever read in my life.This was the best poem. (Report) Reply

  • (1/27/2019 3:10:00 PM)

    i got ligma please help (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2019 11:35:00 AM)

    i used to want to kill myself (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2019 8:55:00 AM)

    hi......................................... (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (1/10/2019 2:26:00 AM)

    walking path of life thorny /// impressive poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2019 4:14:00 PM)

    Very good poem. The writing in it shows much skill and talent, and the analysis to be made in it, is great and makes you think about life. (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2019 11:58:00 AM)

    this the problem with voice character rechognatre...there is no emotion (Report) Reply

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  • (12/12/2018 11:09:00 AM)

    back in my day we didn't have this new fancy writing stuff (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2018 1:10:00 PM)

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

  • (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

    (1/4/2019 4:16:00 PM)

    Or dislike, plus you don't have to listen to an ai recording, just read it without a recording and quit complaining

  • (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

    (2/6/2019 8:11:00 AM)

    I 🤔 that this was the best poem in the whole entire world 🌍.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014


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