Mother To Son

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—
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.

by Langston Hughes

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Comments (9)

a child inspiring poem 10
a short yet meaningful poem of what a love is...........a child's love is the most divine love we could share..........10
yo got inspired by the right person, this poem is truly beautiful....I am sure many more parents shall agree with me.....life is all about those moments of love and the laurels
True, a child's love is more pleasing than any other kind of love in the world.
Beautiful write. Raj Nandy is an inspiration to many. Warm regards, Sandra
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