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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
goodbye.


Comments about To A Daughter Leaving Home by Linda Pastan

  • Gold Star - 81,708 Points Bharati Nayak (4/29/2017 8:12:00 PM)

    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- - - - - - - - What a wonderful write- - - - - -A mother's struggle.amazement and pride to see her daughter growing, learning and succeeding - - - - - -A quiet satisfaction that she has fulfilled her mission, though separation from the beloved child is quite painful for the mother.To My Poem List. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,267 Points Rebecca Lyle (2/18/2017 6:30:00 PM)

    a lovely write, sad but sweet, reminds me of my own leaving home (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,537 Points Neptune Barman (10/23/2016 7:23:00 AM)

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