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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

  • Freshman - 948 Points Neptune Barman (10/23/2016 7:23:00 AM)

    Amazing imagination in the poetry (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Zak Pearce (9/29/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    This is of poor technical quality. No evidence of structure, and poor punctuation. Disappointingly arrhythmic, there is little use of pentameter, and this further emphasises the lack of a rhyme scheme. Usually not such a crime in poetry, but under the exceptional circumstance of there being no other poetic device, you might'v expected Pastan to pay attention to something even the average nursery student can add into a poem! She hides behind walls of pathetic and pretentious philosophy and metaphors to cover up the fact that she cannot write a half-decent poem. Long-gone are the days of Tennyson, Keats, Owen, poets who payed attention to structure and technique! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie warner treuter (8/19/2010 4:17:00 AM)

    Builds up beautifully in so short a time, enough to make the eyes water of those who love children and like to see them happy. (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. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  8. 8. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  9. 9. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  10. 10. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  11. 11. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  12. 12. Home , Anne Brontë
  13. 13. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  14. 14. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  15. 15. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  16. 16. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  17. 17. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  18. 18. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  19. 19. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  20. 20. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  21. 21. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  22. 22. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  23. 23. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  24. 24. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  25. 25. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  26. 26. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  27. 27. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  28. 28. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  29. 29. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  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. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  35. 35. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  36. 36. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  37. 37. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  38. 38. Home , Rupert Brooke
  39. 39. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  40. 40. Lines Written From Home , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  42. 42. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  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. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  49. 49. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  50. 50. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
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