“ForMy Daughter” by David Ignatow
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
For My Daughter
When I die choose a star and name it after me that you may know I have not abandoned or forgotten you. You were such a star to me, following you through birth and childhood, my hand in your hand. When I die choose a star and name it after me so that I may shine down on you, until you join me in darkness and silence together.
from Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994
Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn.
Copyright 1993 by David Ignatow.
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About the Poet
David Ignatow (1914–1997) authored and published over 25 books, including Living is What I Wanted: Last Poems (BOA Editions, 1999). He is remembered as a poet who wrote popular verse about the common man and the issues encountered in daily life.
Learn more about David Ignatow at The Poetry Foundation.