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Linda Pastan - To A Daughter Leaving Home

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.

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To A Daughter Leaving Home - Comments and Information

Poet: Linda Pastan
Poem: To A Daughter Leaving Home
Volume: The Imperfect Paradise
Year: Published/Written in 1988

Comment 6 of 6, added on May 16th, 2011 at 1:08 PM.
on this poem

it could have been better .but it was nice


nikita from India
Comment 5 of 6, added on May 7th, 2010 at 2:47 PM.

i love this poem because it is related to our daily life when our parents become worried about us more than usual; but life will be okay and they should respect our life and our choices.

saasoo from Egypt
Comment 4 of 6, added on May 19th, 2009 at 1:35 PM.

This is a beautiful poem saying basically that children and their parents must grow apart for them to truly grow themselves. It also mentions the hope that the children will come back, for help or to just say hello. It's a very comforting poem for parents whose children are moving out or away.

Monique from United States

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