Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan Poems

1. On the Steps of the Jefferson Memorial 6/19/2015
2. Mosaic 12/1/2015
3. The Months 3/24/2015
4. I Married You 2/28/2014
5. Vertical 2/28/2014
6. Traveling Light 2/28/2014
7. The Cossacks 1/20/2003
8. Shadblow 1/13/2003
9. Petit Dejeuner 1/13/2003
10. The Happiest Day 1/13/2003
11. Meditation By The Stove 1/13/2003
12. Pears 1/13/2003
13. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
14. Wind Chill 1/13/2003
15. Vermilion 1/13/2003
16. Home For Thanksgiving 1/13/2003
17. What We Want 1/13/2003
18. The New Dog 1/13/2003
19. Jump Cabling 1/13/2003
20. Emily Dickinson 1/13/2003
21. Prosody 101 1/13/2003
22. Something About The Trees 1/13/2003
23. Love Poem 3/12/2006
24. A New Poet 1/13/2003
25. Marks 1/7/2004
26. 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
goodbye.

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Home For Thanksgiving

The gathering family
throws shadows around us,
it is the late afternoon
Of the family.

There is still enough light
to see all the way back,
but at the windows
that light is wasting away.

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