poetry friday

Annibale_Carracci Portrait_of_an_African_Slave_Woman,_ca._1580s._fragment_of_a_larger_painting from blackpastblog dot orgMother 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.
untitled portrait by bernard ponsSo, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you find it 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.