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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

  • Bronze Star - 2,175 Points Rebecca Lyle (2/18/2017 6:30:00 PM)

    a lovely write, sad but sweet, reminds me of my own leaving home (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,510 Points Neptune Barman (10/23/2016 7:23:00 AM)

    Amazing imagination in the poetry (Report) Reply

  • 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

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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. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  7. 7. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  8. 8. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  9. 9. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  10. 10. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  11. 11. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  12. 12. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  13. 13. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  14. 14. Home , Anne Brontë
  15. 15. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  16. 16. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  17. 17. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  18. 18. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  19. 19. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  20. 20. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  21. 21. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  22. 22. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  23. 23. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  24. 24. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  25. 25. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  26. 26. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  28. 28. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  29. 29. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  30. 30. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  31. 31. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  32. 32. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  33. 33. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  34. 34. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  35. 35. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  36. 36. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  37. 37. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  38. 38. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  39. 39. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  40. 40. Lines Written From Home , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  42. 42. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  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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