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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 - 4,213 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 They Brought Her Warrior Dead , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  5. 5. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  6. 6. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  7. 7. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  8. 8. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  9. 9. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  10. 10. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  11. 11. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  12. 12. Home , Anne Brontë
  13. 13. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  14. 14. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  15. 15. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  16. 16. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  17. 17. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  18. 18. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  19. 19. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  20. 20. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  21. 21. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  22. 22. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  23. 23. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  24. 24. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  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. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  29. 29. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  30. 30. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  31. 31. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  32. 32. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  33. 33. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  34. 34. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  35. 35. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  36. 36. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  37. 37. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  38. 38. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  39. 39. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  40. 40. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  41. 41. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  42. 42. Lines Written From Home , Anne Brontë
  43. 43. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  44. 44. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  45. 45. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  46. 46. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  48. 48. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  49. 49. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
  50. 50. Home , Rupert Brooke
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