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To A Daughter Leaving Home - Poem by Linda Pastan

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

Comments about To A Daughter Leaving Home by Linda Pastan

  • Gold Star - 143,512 Points Sylvia Frances Chan (6/30/2019 8:35:00 PM)

    I have no daughters or a daughter, I have three sons, when they left home one by one, I remember this too. The happiness to have succeeded to grow them to independency and men-to-be, each son at his time. I still can feel the sadness and melancholy being left. Having read this lovely poem, reminds me again to that day for each of my sons. I did never nag about " the empty nest syndrome " since I had no time to think about that. I am a lecturer and my spouse has your hub´s profession. (Report) Reply

    Rookie avon dsa (7/2/2019 9:55:00 AM)

    which college do u lecture? liar

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  • Rookie Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (1/11/2019 9:15:00 PM)

    Too passionate about the process of gradual parting of a daughter loved and cared much. The imagery is great, to teach riding a bicycle is teaching to live. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Mr.alex Acd (1/1/2019 6:05:00 AM)

    Start working at home with Google. It’s the most-financially rewarding I've ever done. On tuesday I got a gorgeous BMW after having earned $8699 this last month. I actually started five months/ago and practically straight away was bringin in at least $96, per-hour...........
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  • Gold Star - 58,979 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/22/2018 10:53:00 PM)

    Though heart wrenching, the poem is very sweet as it evokes personal feelings in the readers' minds. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie nathan (9/12/2018 7:43:00 AM)

    this poem is quite heart braking also really good (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Mrs A (6/12/2018 9:14:00 AM)

    Oh Linda, what a load of old rubbish! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Already Reported Reply

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  • Rookie - 397 Points Juana Cruz (3/16/2018 2:02:00 PM)

    Wow. I like this. I remember letting go of my daughter. like a handkerchief waving goodbye. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie tom3627 (12/14/2017 8:07:00 AM)

    wow this is good I would read it again (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,177 Points Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/1/2017 11:05:00 PM)

    i like it. so nice poem.thanks for sharing.10++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 12,513 Points Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/1/2017 5:16:00 AM)

    So beautiful in the way it is taught and guided (Report) Reply

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Daughter Poems
  1. 1. To A Daughter Leaving Home
    Linda Pastan
  2. 2. Sonnet Xxxiv (You Are The Daughter Of Th..
    Pablo Neruda
  3. 3. A Daughter Of Eve
    Christina Georgina Rossetti
  4. 4. Lord Ullin's Daughter
    Thomas Campbell
  5. 5. Daughter
    Gertrude Stein
  6. 6. A Prayer For My Daughter
    William Butler Yeats
  7. 7. A Flower Given To My Daughter
    James Joyce
  8. 8. For My Daughter
    David Ignatow
  9. 9. The Daughter Goes To Camp
    Sharon Olds
  10. 10. A Daughter Through The Eyes Of A Father
    Velmar Pewee Hale Johnson
  11. 11. ! Daughter
    Michael Shepherd
  12. 12. A Poets's Welcome To His Love-Begotten D..
    Robert Burns
  13. 13. Oh, Dear Daughter
    Hasmukh Amathalal
  14. 14. To A Sad Daughter
    Michael Ondaatje
  15. 15. Bells For John Whiteside's Daughter
    John Crowe Ransom
  16. 16. To The Honourable T. H. Esq; On The Deat..
    Phillis Wheatley
  17. 17. The Miller's Daughter
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
  18. 18. Father And Daughter
    Justin Gildow
  19. 19. A Mother Gazes Upon Her Daughter
    Henry Timrod
  20. 20. Darling Daughter Of Babylon
    Vachel Lindsay
  21. 21. A Little Princess--Breshna Kahn (Sweet T..
    Afzal Shauq
  22. 22. For My Daughter
    Weldon Kees
  23. 23. Daughter
    Scott Austin
  24. 24. Mother And Daughter
    Anne Sexton
  25. 25. If A Daughter You Have
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  26. 26. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! A Mother And Daughter! ! ..
    Mamta Agarwal
  27. 27. Special Daughter
  28. 28. On My First Daughter
    Ben Jonson
  29. 29. The Dole Of The King's Daughter (Breton)
    Oscar Wilde
  30. 30. A Daughter Leaving Home
    Ray Hansell
  31. 31. Ballad Of Earl Haldan's Daughter
    Charles Kingsley
  32. 32. Daughter Of Nile……1004/10
    saadat tahir
  33. 33. Sonnet X: Daughter To That Good Earl
    John Milton
  34. 34. Heine's "Widow Or Daughter?"
    Eugene Field
  35. 35. Gigantic Daughter Of The West,
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
  36. 36. The Free-Selector's Daughter
    Henry Lawson
  37. 37. My Daughter’s New Daughter
    L.. Pierson
  38. 38. The Woodman’s Daughter
    Coventry Patmore
  39. 39. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem
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  40. 40. A Name For My Daughter
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  41. 41. Jeptha's Daughter
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  42. 42. Upon My Daughter Hannah Wiggin Her Recou..
    Anne Bradstreet
  43. 43. Love, Daughter, Forever
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  44. 44. I Could Be Your Daughter
    Scarlet .....
  45. 45. Father And Daughter
    Pete Crowther
  46. 46. Sonnet To My Beloved Daughter
    Mary Darby Robinson
  47. 47. Mother And Daughter...
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  48. 48. My Loving Daughter.......
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  49. 49. To My Daughter
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  50. 50. The Dirge Of Jephthah's Daughter:Sung By..
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Daughter Poems

  1. Lord Ullin's Daughter

    A chieftain, to the Highlands bound, Cries, ``Boatman, do not tarry! And I'll give thee a silver pound To row us o'er the ferry!''-- ``Now, who be ye, would cross Lochgyle, This dark and stormy weather?'' ``O, I'm the chief of Ulva's isle, And this, Lord Ullin's daughter.-- ``And fast before her father's men Three days we've fled together, For should he find us in the glen, My blood would stain the heather. ``His horsemen hard behind us ride; Should they our steps discover, Then who will cheer my bonny bride When they have slain her lover?''-- Out spoke the hardy Highland wight,-- ``I'll go, my chief--I'm ready:-- It is not for your silver bright; But for your winsome lady: ``And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry; So, though the waves are raging white, I'll row you o'er the ferry.''-- By this the storm grew loud apace, The water-wraith was shrieking; And in the scowl of heaven each face Grew dark as they were speaking. But still as wilder blew the wind, And as the night grew drearer, Adown the glen rode armèd men, Their trampling sounded nearer.-- ``O haste thee, haste!'' the lady cries, ``Though tempests round us gather; I'll meet the raging of the skies, But not an angry father.''-- The boat has left a stormy land, A stormy sea before her,-- When, O! too strong for human hand, The tempest gather'd o'er her. And still they row'd amidst the roar Of waters fast prevailing: Lord Ullin reach'd that fatal shore,-- His wrath was changed to wailing. For, sore dismay'd through storm and shade, His child he did discover:-- One lovely hand she stretch'd for aid, And one was round her lover. ``Come back! come back!'' he cried in grief ``Across this stormy water: And I'll forgive your Highland chief, My daughter!--O my daughter!'' 'Twas vain: the loud waves lash'd the shore, Return or aid preventing: The waters wild went o'er his child, And he was left lamenting.

  2. A Daughter Of Eve

    A fool I was to sleep at noon, And wake when night is chilly Beneath the comfortless cold moon; A fool to pluck my rose too soon, A fool to snap my lily. My garden-plot I have not kept; Faded and all-forsaken, I weep as I have never wept: Oh it was summer when I slept, It's winter now I waken. Talk what you please of future spring And sun-warm'd sweet to-morrow: Stripp'd bare of hope and everything, No more to laugh, no more to sing, I sit alone with sorrow.

  3. Sonnet Xxxiv (You Are The Daughter Of The Sea)

    You are the daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin. Swimmer, your body is pure as the water; cook, your blood is quick as the soil. Everything you do is full of flowers, rich with the earth. Your eyes go out toward the water, and the waves rise; your hands go out to the earth and the seeds swell; you know the deep essence of water and the earth, conjoined in you like a formula for clay. Naiad: cut your body into turquoise pieces, they will bloom resurrected in the kitchen. This is how you become everything that lives. And so at last, you sleep, in the circle of my arms that push back the shadows so that you can rest-- vegetables, seaweed, herbs: the foam of your dreams. Translated by Stephen Tapscott Submitted by Hen

  4. Daughter

    Why is the world at peace. This may astonish you a little but when you realise how easily Mrs. Charles Bianco sells the work of American painters to American millionaires you will recognize that authorities are constrained to be relieved. Let me tell you a story. A painter loved a woman. A musician did not sing. A South African loved books. An American was a woman and needed help. Are Americans the same as incubators. But this is the rest of the story. He became an authority.

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