Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan Poems

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

Read the full of To A Daughter Leaving Home

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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