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—
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

  • (1/21/2018 3:21:00 AM)

    Yua Poems Are Encouraging (Report) Reply

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  • (1/18/2018 12:24:00 PM)

    it makes me feel sad: ( (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2018 7:56:00 PM)

    I luv it, because it sounds like mother's is motivating the son. and she didn't live rich, that why that phrase is, And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. crystal means rich and stair is mean steps. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2018 1:31:00 PM)

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  • (1/11/2018 1:29:00 PM)

    This poem is finger licking good! (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2018 4:39:00 PM)

    the reader makes the poem sound very depressing and manes it very, very plain. I think the person who made this video should do much better. (Report) Reply

  • (12/22/2017 4:55:00 PM)

    this poem is fabulous... it is touching (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2017 1:47:00 AM)

    as a mother you and your son did the grouse grind way coo eh (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2017 7:15:00 PM)

    I love this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (11/25/2017 5:49:00 AM)

    This poem tells it all about:

    Life for me aint's been no crystal

    Like it
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  • Kshirod Kumar Dehury (11/23/2017 9:40:00 AM)

    well, son, l'll tell you:
    life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    it's had tacks in it,
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    Nice poem. i like it thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/22/2017 9:43:00 PM)

    I like this poem please give the moods of your poems (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2017 7:59:00 AM)

    Love this poet, and particularly this poem (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2017 3:28:00 PM)

    Always liked this poem, I don’t even like poetry but for some reason I like this. (Report) Reply

  • Lea- Beima Dorestin (11/7/2017 9:13:00 PM)

    I've studied this poem in my Literature class and it's an amazing poem. (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (9/29/2017 9:09:00 PM)

    Just so trye and beautiful too I loved my mom hence i composed
    READ IT ALL will yo
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/6/2017 1:58:00 PM)

    But all the time
    I'se been a-climbin' on,
    And reachin' landin's,
    And turnin' corners,
    And sometimes goin' in the dark
    Nicely penned.
    (Report) Reply

  • Doris Cornago (7/17/2017 2:24:00 AM)

    I like this poem. It reminds me of my mom before me and myself now. Unpretentious and full of wisdom. :) (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2017 4:19:00 AM)

    Last line is impressive applicable to mothers. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014

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