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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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  • Silver Star - 4,419 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. Home And Love , Robert William Service
  3. 3. To A Daughter Leaving Home , Linda Pastan
  4. 4. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  5. 5. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  6. 6. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  7. 7. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  8. 8. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  9. 9. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  10. 10. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  11. 11. Home , Anne Brontë
  12. 12. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  13. 13. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  14. 14. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  15. 15. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  16. 16. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  17. 17. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  18. 18. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  19. 19. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  20. 20. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  21. 21. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  22. 22. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  23. 23. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  24. 24. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  25. 25. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  26. 26. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  27. 27. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  29. 29. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  30. 30. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  31. 31. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
  33. 33. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  34. 34. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  35. 35. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  36. 36. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  37. 37. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  38. 38. Home , Rupert Brooke
  39. 39. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  40. 40. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  41. 41. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  42. 42. To Friends At Home , Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. 43. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  44. 44. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  45. 45. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  46. 46. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  47. 47. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  48. 48. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  50. 50. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
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