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Poem Of Life

This poem is something we are working on in The Reading Workshop. This poem is written by Langston Hughes. We have to think of how the author feels and how you feel.

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.

I think the author, Langston Hughes,was feeling emotional. I think he had a  lot of courage to be writing so strong like this poem.

I think the author was depressed.    I think Langston Hughes felt brave to take her advice. It’s hard to keep going on in life. Where it says:        <i>It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor</i> it means that life is no smooth road. It’s a rocky, torn up, unexpected road.

I feel like this poem is very touching. I feel sorry for this man’s mother. She just keeps on living, no matter what life throws at her. She is not talking about an actual staircase, she is talking about life.

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