required reading: mother to son

23 02 2008

Work has been keeping me really busy (but what’s new there).  That means no time for reading or blogging about the reading I’m not doing.

I did discover this poem while prepping my poetry unit and it is now one of my favourites.  A little Langston Hughes for all of you:

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.




2 responses

15 04 2008

How true that is! Thankyou.

17 04 2008

Thanks for stopping by, Cornflower. That poem has quickly become one of my favourites and I think about it every time I encounter another challenge, particularly with my new teaching position.

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