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. Vertical 2/28/2014
5. I Married You 2/28/2014
6. Traveling Light 2/28/2014
7. The Cossacks 1/20/2003
8. Petit Dejeuner 1/13/2003
9. The Happiest Day 1/13/2003
10. Shadblow 1/13/2003
11. Pears 1/13/2003
12. Meditation By The Stove 1/13/2003
13. Vermilion 1/13/2003
14. Wind Chill 1/13/2003
15. Home For Thanksgiving 1/13/2003
16. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
17. Emily Dickinson 1/13/2003
18. Prosody 101 1/13/2003
19. Something About The Trees 1/13/2003
20. Jump Cabling 1/13/2003
21. What We Want 1/13/2003
22. The New Dog 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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Petit Dejeuner

I sing a song
of the croissant
and of the wily French
who trick themselves daily
back to the world
for its sweet ceremony.
Ah to be reeled
up into morning
on that crisp,
buttery
hook.

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