Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan Poems

1. On the Steps of the Jefferson Memorial 6/19/2015
2. The Months 3/24/2015
3. Vertical 2/28/2014
4. Traveling Light 2/28/2014
5. I Married You 2/28/2014
6. The Cossacks 1/20/2003
7. Shadblow 1/13/2003
8. Petit Dejeuner 1/13/2003
9. Pears 1/13/2003
10. The Happiest Day 1/13/2003
11. Wind Chill 1/13/2003
12. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
13. Meditation By The Stove 1/13/2003
14. Jump Cabling 1/13/2003
15. Prosody 101 1/13/2003
16. The New Dog 1/13/2003
17. Emily Dickinson 1/13/2003
18. Vermilion 1/13/2003
19. Home For Thanksgiving 1/13/2003
20. What We Want 1/13/2003
21. Something About The Trees 1/13/2003
22. Love Poem 3/12/2006
23. A New Poet 1/13/2003
24. Marks 1/7/2004
25. To A Daughter Leaving Home 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Linda Pastan

To A Daughter Leaving Home

When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
beside you
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,
while you grew
smaller, more breakable
with distance,
pumping, pumping
for your life, screaming
with laughter,
the hair flapping
behind you like a
handkerchief waving

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Some say
it was a pear
Eve ate.
Why else the shape
of the womb,
or of the cello
Whose single song is grief
for the parent tree?
Why else the fruit itself
tawny and sweet
which your lover
over breakfast
lets go your pear-
shaped breast
to reach for?

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