Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan Poems

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

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Pierre Bonnard would enter
the museum with a tube of paint
in his pocket and a sable brush.
Then violating the sanctity
of one of his own frames
he'd add a stroke of vermilion
to the skin of a flower.
Just so I stopped you
at the door this morning

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