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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 - 4,224 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. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  5. 5. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. 6. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  7. 7. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  8. 8. Home , Anne Brontë
  9. 9. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  10. 10. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  11. 11. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  12. 12. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  13. 13. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  14. 14. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  15. 15. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  16. 16. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  17. 17. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  18. 18. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  19. 19. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  20. 20. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  21. 21. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  22. 22. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  23. 23. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  24. 24. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  25. 25. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  26. 26. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  27. 27. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  28. 28. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  29. 29. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  30. 30. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  31. 31. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  33. 33. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  34. 34. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  35. 35. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  36. 36. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  37. 37. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  38. 38. Home , Rupert Brooke
  39. 39. Home , Jennifer Burns
  40. 40. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  41. 41. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  42. 42. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  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 Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  47. 47. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  48. 48. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  49. 49. To Friends At Home , Robert Louis Stevenson
  50. 50. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
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