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Mother To Son
(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,
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.

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Too slow speech
Too slow speed of speech
A most touching poem, a great poem by a great poet. Mesmerizing and it captures the scene so well.
I want to be a lawyer
great poem as always
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