Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
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.
to my son THANDOKUHLE, mom love you boy
i love your poem it teaches us that no matter what we go through in life bucause its going to be hard we can't give up on life or on the challenges it throws at you
This poem is not only toching and inspiring, the imagery is amazing. The juxtaposition of the smoothness of the crystal stair with the tacks. I've read this poem for over 40 years and it still conjures up incredible images - in the most simple way.
he sounds like a niglet
Through her pain she teaches her son hope. The line about not sitting on the stairs puts the crystal stairs in perspective. Underneath it all is hope. A satisfying poem.
I think thaat this poem is very touching in some ways.I really enjoyed it and just wanted to say keep up the good work😉
He died 55 years ago
im a student from white oak im now almost 13 and ive heard this poem its talks to me i just now heard it again and i love this no matter how old this is its still loved in my heart.
An ever so heart touching poem! .. Beyond #ing! ..++++++++++++++++++++
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem
I like your poem. It is very touchies