Langston Hughes: Poems

What does the poet mean by the line "life for me ain't been no crystal star"?

From the poem "Mother to Son"

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The speaker (mother) is telling her son that she has had a hard life and that he should prepare for hardship as well.

Langston Hughes' Mother to SonLife for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,