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,
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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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