by Linda Pastan

My husband gives me an A
for last night’s supper,
an incomplete for my ironing,
a B plus in bed.
My son says I am average,
an average mother, but if
I put my mind to it
I could improve.
My daughter believes
in Pass/Fail and tells me
I pass. Wait ‘til they learn
I’m dropping out.

Reprinted with permission from Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems.

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Linda Pastan.

Linda Pastan's tenth book of poems, Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems: 1968-1998 was published by Norton and was a finalist for The National Book Award. From 1991-1994 she served as Poet Laureate of Maryland. Her new book will be called The Last Uncle.

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