"Mother to Son"

Langston Hughes

   
 

Well, son, Ill tell you:

 

Life for me aint been no crystal stair.

 

Its had tacks in it,

 

And splinters,

 

And boards torn up,

 

And places with no carpet on the floor

 

Bare.

  But all the time

 

Ise been a-climbin on,
  And reachin landins,
  And turnin corners,
  And sometimes goin in the dark
  Where there aint been no light.

 

So boy, dont you turn back.
 

Dont you set down on the steps

 

Cause you finds its kinder hard.

 

Dont you fall now

 

For Ise still goin, honey,

 

Ise still climbin,

  And life for me aint been no crystal stair.