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I think Linda Pastan says what I was trying to say Friday with a lot more skill. Tends to happen when you're a bad-ass...


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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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. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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