Inspirational Poems Friday: Langston Hughes

Inspirational Poems Friday presents a poem by Langston Hughes a great story teller from the early 1900's and he wrote this inspirational poem in 1923 when was 21 years old and it is meant to recited in a older womens's one of my favorites of all time. Hughes lived from February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967.

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 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.

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