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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

  • Rookie - 347 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 - 1,437 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. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  7. 7. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  8. 8. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  9. 9. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  10. 10. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  11. 11. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  12. 12. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  13. 13. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  14. 14. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  15. 15. Home , Anne Brontë
  16. 16. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  17. 17. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  18. 18. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  19. 19. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  20. 20. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  21. 21. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  22. 22. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  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. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  27. 27. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  28. 28. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  29. 29. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  30. 30. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  31. 31. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  32. 32. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  33. 33. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  34. 34. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  35. 35. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  36. 36. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  37. 37. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  38. 38. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  39. 39. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  40. 40. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  41. 41. Home , Rupert Brooke
  42. 42. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  43. 43. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  44. 44. Lines Written From Home , Anne Brontë
  45. 45. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  46. 46. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  48. 48. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  49. 49. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  50. 50. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
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