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Langston Hughes: Mother to Son

Langston Hughes: Mother to Son

Langston Hughes poetry speaks to the heart of so many of us, and to this day, his poems continue to nourish and inspire our souls. His words are built into the fabric of the work we do at COSEBOC, and so we honor him at the start of Black History Month, which also celebrates his birthday (Feb. 1, 1901)!

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—
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.