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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.

Comments about Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

  • Gold Star - 57,089 Points Susan Williams (7/14/2016 1:34:00 PM)

    He masters the power of brevity and uses it so eloquently in its simplicity and yet complexity. We have layers here, so many layers we could explore (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Veezy Adroit (6/12/2016 8:35:00 AM)

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

  • Freshman - 836 Points 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

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Poems About Family

  1. 1. Mother To Son , Langston Hughes
  2. 2. A Father To His Son , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. Nurse's Song (Innocence) , William Blake
  4. 4. One Sister Have I In Our House , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. A Cradle Song , William Blake
  6. 6. The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  7. 7. My Papa's Waltz , Theodore Roethke
  8. 8. A Holiday , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  9. 9. Human Family , Maya Angelou
  10. 10. A Nursery Darling , Lewis Carroll
  11. 11. A Family History , Julia Kasdorf
  12. 12. For A Daughter Who Leaves , Janice Mirikitani
  13. 13. My Heart Leaps Up , William Wordsworth
  14. 14. Family Reunion , Jeredith Merrin
  15. 15. A Tribute To Family , Michelle Moran
  16. 16. Father Son And Holy Ghost , Audre Lorde
  17. 17. Disobedience , Alan Alexander Milne
  18. 18. Lot's Wife , Anna Akhmatova
  19. 19. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
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