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

  • Veezy Adroit Veezy Adroit (6/12/2016 8:35:00 AM)

    Inspiring. How i wish my mother saw this... (Report) Reply

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  • Zwelethu Siwaphiwe Shweni Zwelethu Siwaphiwe Shweni (5/31/2016 4:07:00 AM)

    Wow, If my mother would say such word. She would be a great mother.
    You nailed it Langston (Report) Reply

  • gArY t (5/15/2016 6:16:00 AM)

    Yes it is a strong message of empowerment fromom to son or from dad to daughter! (Report) Reply

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (5/12/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Brilliant advice. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (2/23/2016 1:52:00 PM)

    .....a mother writes a great message of advice to her son -★ (Report) Reply

  • Uzefa Rashida M.a Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/17/2016 9:45:00 AM)

    The struggles a mother faces in her life to bring her child up and making her child aware of her hardship. its all the more inspiring for single mothers (Report) Reply

  • Margaret O Driscoll Margaret O Driscoll (2/9/2016 5:16:00 PM)

    Powerful inspiring poem of overcoming obstacles (Report) Reply

  • Latricia Berry (1/28/2016 3:34:00 PM)

    Love this Poem one of my favorites remind me of a hard struggling single mother telling her son don't matter what happens keep moving forward don't let nothing stop you (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor Aabid Masroor (1/27/2016 1:09:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (12/25/2015 10:33:00 PM)

    Cautious words of a mother to her son are indicative of the harsh realities of life and how to take on the same. (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Patterson (9/11/2015 9:32:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorites! (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman Seema Jayaraman (9/10/2015 7:37:00 AM)

    I will definetly be reading this poem to my son...he should know life is not all that easy... (Report) Reply

  • Charity Nduhiu Charity Nduhiu (8/21/2015 3:13:00 AM)

    Langston, this is really encouraging. son please take note of this. I like (Report) Reply

  • Nyota Yasulwe Nyota Yasulwe (8/18/2015 3:12:00 AM)

    A very encouraging poem for sons.! (Report) Reply

  • Gauri Vyas Gauri Vyas (7/31/2015 11:14:00 AM)

    This one is an creative work of art mixed with great words and of course best lines...Surely one of the best poem i know.. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (7/19/2015 9:04:00 PM)

    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair
    It has tacks in it
    And splinters
    And boards torn
    And places no carptet on the floor
    But all the time
    I 'se been a-climbin' on- - - - - The poem is truly inspirational urging to embrace life in its totality with all its hardships and go moving. (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Patty Melissa Patty (7/15/2015 4:44:00 PM)

    Awk this poem is so sweet, you have such a strong bond with your son its so beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Phanice Wamukota Phanice Wamukota (7/2/2015 4:06:00 AM)

    From the horse's mouth. You better heed son! ! (Report) Reply

  • Allotey Abossey (6/4/2015 2:01:00 PM)

    Truly mother to son (Report) Reply

  • Frank Blacharczyk Frank Blacharczyk (5/29/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    Where there ain't been no light.
    So, boy, don't you turn back.

    Wonderful lines meaning to me ' don't give up in our difficult trials of life keep going no matter how much it hurts' (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014

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