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. Pears 1/13/2003
10. Petit Dejeuner 1/13/2003
11. Prosody 101 1/13/2003
12. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
13. Shadblow 1/13/2003
14. Something About The Trees 1/13/2003
15. The Cossacks 1/20/2003
16. The Happiest Day 1/13/2003
17. The Months 3/24/2015
18. The New Dog 1/13/2003
19. To A Daughter Leaving Home 1/13/2003
20. Traveling Light 2/28/2014
21. Vermilion 1/13/2003
22. Vertical 2/28/2014
23. What We Want 1/13/2003
24. 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

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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