Adeline Foster

Rookie - 299 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~A WRITER'S DILEMMA Poem by Adeline Foster


I lay me down and long to sleep,
Then words come tumbling instead of sheep.
Elusive words, that in the day
Lay dormant, now come out to play.
If you would keep until the morn,
And yet I’ll wake to find you gone.
Or, when my hands are sore intent
On daily chores and duty bent,
You words come marching by in rhyme
Through the hallways of my mind.
This task cannot be done in haste,
O foolish pen, it is a waste
For you to idly slumbering lie
And let those precious lines go by.

Submitted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Edited: Monday, October 18, 2010

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,528 Points Bill Cantrell (6/23/2014 7:45:00 PM)

    Good poem my friend, I know well the point made in this poem, If you would like, read my similar line of thought in my poem Poetic Blues (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,540 Points Lee Fones (6/18/2014 1:27:00 PM)

    great poem, excellently worded (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,835 Points Clarence Prince (5/29/2014 11:23:00 AM)

    Very good, It's an enjoyable read! Well done, Adeline! Blessings! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Briana Knight (8/20/2012 5:19:00 PM)

    Reminds more of a pen spill...it bleed all over the paper but when it was done...it was worthy to be hung in a mueseam. Great job (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 710 Points Shahzia Batool (4/7/2012 12:15:00 PM)

    Brilliant stroke of words...
    ted hughes' style of capturing the idea in The Thought Fox is class of its own...thx adeline... :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points J.b. Lebuert (2/23/2012 2:01:00 PM)

    What's a pen Miss Adeline? Can I find one in a museum with a typewriter? Thanks for sharing - again! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Reginald Francois (2/7/2012 4:36:00 PM)

    now that poem applies to me I always have lines that never reach paper beautiful completely. I love it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Linda L. Franklin (11/15/2011 8:37:00 PM)

    A really great poem. I understand what you are saying, however I never know when or where my words will come from. I just have to go with the flow, so I always keep pen and paper with me. Keep up the good work. Linda (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 603 Points Saint Cynosure (10/5/2011 3:20:00 PM)

    I love it yes, yes yes...I write of my pen also. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 154 Points Lonnie Hicks (9/22/2011 7:33:00 PM)

    Beautifully captured, evoking the writers dilemma of capturing ideas which go away so quickly. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Alvin Kathembe (11/3/2010 3:33:00 PM)

    One writer to another, I know what you mean...the iambic tetrameter is almost flawless...brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,001 Points Marieta Maglas (4/23/2010 7:03:00 AM)

    A finely penned poem, . SO much said in so few words. Captured delightfully! Thank you for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tanvi Damle (1/20/2010 10:13:00 PM)

    itz so true! ! i luv the way you penned it down (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (10/21/2009 7:52:00 PM)

    yes and that is exactly how a good poetry is born...very well said (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Gordon Wilkinson (9/3/2009 8:18:00 AM)

    yes words only come in their own time and usually when its difficult to do much about it. This sums it up to perfection (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Josephine Dunn (8/22/2009 3:22:00 PM)

    oh yes - I have this problem too - half asleep - half awake - cant hold a pen & write & in the morning its flown away with the angels :) Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kyrsten Gaddis (6/8/2009 6:50:00 PM)

    Sometimes that happens to me as well... I love the way you put this... Magnificent.
    -Kyrsten (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ariel Rousseau (4/27/2009 1:35:00 PM)

    I've been there before. Lovely rhyme scheme. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Truthful Light Treeclimber (1/4/2009 1:38:00 AM)

    something we can all relate to..wonderfully timed in rhyme (Report) Reply

  • Rookie C T Heart (12/22/2008 6:41:00 PM)

    So true that words coming out of the blue with rhymes especially when we are about to rest after a all day work or chores....compressed composition but meaningful to us writers...a 10+++ (Report) Reply

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