Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan Poems

1. On the Steps of the Jefferson Memorial 6/19/2015
2. The Months 3/24/2015
3. Vertical 2/28/2014
4. I Married You 2/28/2014
5. Traveling Light 2/28/2014
6. The Cossacks 1/20/2003
7. Shadblow 1/13/2003
8. Petit Dejeuner 1/13/2003
9. Pears 1/13/2003
10. The Happiest Day 1/13/2003
11. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
12. Meditation By The Stove 1/13/2003
13. Wind Chill 1/13/2003
14. The New Dog 1/13/2003
15. Vermilion 1/13/2003
16. Home For Thanksgiving 1/13/2003
17. What We Want 1/13/2003
18. Jump Cabling 1/13/2003
19. Emily Dickinson 1/13/2003
20. Something About The Trees 1/13/2003
21. Prosody 101 1/13/2003
22. Love Poem 3/12/2006
23. A New Poet 1/13/2003
24. Marks 1/7/2004
25. To A Daughter Leaving Home 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.

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What We Want

What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names--
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.

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