Langston Hughes: Poems

in the first seven lines, what is hughes comparing a stairway with ''tracks in it and splinters''?

''mother to son poam''

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Hughes develops the metaphor of a staircase further, as the mother describes the challenges in her life using symbols like tacks, splinters, uncarpeted floor, and dark, unlit corners. She exhorts her son not to turn back, because she never will.