Mother To Son

Mother To Son

Mother To Son poem was Published in 1922. It was one of Langston first published poems.

By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.Langston Hughes, Poem, Mother To Son
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
Bare.
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.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/mother-to-son-by-langston-hughes

Langston Hughes, “Mother to Son” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes.

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