Poem: Mother to Son by Langston Hughes


For those of you who have been following this blog for awhile, you'll already know that Langston Hughes has always been one of my favorite poets. When I first read this poem, it really struck a chord with me, and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you! Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on it right here at Reading Soup, or on my Google Plus profile page!

- The Soup Chef

Mother to Son
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 boars 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. 

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