Letting Go, Cont.

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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. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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