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Mother to Son by Langston Hughes


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The persona in the poem who is the mother talks to her son. She emphasizes that her life is not like a crystal staircase because she was not fortunate in life like the rich people who have crystal staircase.

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Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

  1. 1. Mother to Son Langston Hughes
  2. 2. 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,
  3. 3. And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And reachin’ landin’s,
  4. 4. And turnin’ corners, And sometimes goin’ in the dark Where there ain’t been no light. So boy, don’t you turn back.
  5. 5. ’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.