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Home For Thanksgiving - Poem by Linda Pastan

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.

Soon we will be nothing
but silhouettes: the sons'
as harsh
as the fathers'.

Soon the daughters
will take off their aprons
as trees take off their leaves
for winter.

Let us eat quickly--
let us fill ourselves up.
the covers of the album are closing
behind us.


Comments about Home For Thanksgiving by Linda Pastan

  • Rookie Jim Foulk (4/8/2007 2:09:00 PM)

    my wife came from a large family, and grand ma had 11 kids and their way 6 in my family, so i can relate to this wonderful piece of poetry, the only thing i have read 3 of your poems so far, all a ten, but some one out there is giving you a low rating, do may no attention to that, your are a fine poet. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 4,849 Points john tiong chunghoo (9/29/2006 12:10:00 AM)

    i can relate as i come from a large family. good one linda. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gina Onyemaechi (2/17/2006 1:28:00 PM)

    Hey Lind, you sure know how to kill a girl's mood, don't you? : -) Your imagery is second to none. Life is sad as you say here, Lind, which is why it's important, in my view, to show it your middle finger and enjoy love while you've got it. Warmly, Gina. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Home

  1. 1. They Went Home , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. To A Daughter Leaving Home , Linda Pastan
  3. 3. Home And Love , Robert William Service
  4. 4. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  5. 5. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. 6. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  7. 7. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  8. 8. Home , Anne Brontë
  9. 9. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  10. 10. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  11. 11. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  12. 12. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  13. 13. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  14. 14. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  15. 15. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  16. 16. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  17. 17. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  18. 18. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  19. 19. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  20. 20. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  21. 21. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  22. 22. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  24. 24. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  25. 25. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  26. 26. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  27. 27. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  28. 28. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  30. 30. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  31. 31. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  32. 32. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  33. 33. Home , Rupert Brooke
  34. 34. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  35. 35. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  36. 36. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  37. 37. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  38. 38. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  39. 39. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  40. 40. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  41. 41. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  42. 42. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  43. 43. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  44. 44. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  45. 45. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  46. 46. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  48. 48. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
  49. 49. Lines Written From Home , Anne Brontë
  50. 50. To Friends At Home , Robert Louis Stevenson
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