Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

Boomerang


Contempt can never be retrieved;
No wound of scorn will heal,
Though desperately apology
May pray the cut conceal.
Public insensitivity
Does but disdain reveal.
Not that which is called love employs
Put-downs disguised as jest;
Nor through the centuries of time
Has love survived such test.
Frustration at another’s deeds
Will ever plague mankind;
Impatience and intolerance
Have lived through endless time.
Would that a mental mirror
Could check that tell-tale stance:
The rage of silent anger
That screams aloud contempt,
The tilted head and narrowed eyes,
The lips tight pressed in scorn,
Unyielding in conviction when
Humility has flown.
Though honeyed words that would deny
The act had e’re been done
Defensively well-up the eye,
Deception has begun.
The strongest love will die before
Contempt can be undone.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Inspired by Honore de Balzac’s statement:
A wife who has made fun of her husband
can love him no more. Might I add,
“or children their parents or husbands their wives.”

Comments about this poem (Boomerang by Adeline Foster )

Enter the verification code :

  • Ronnie Heaven (2/1/2014 6:18:00 AM)

    Elegantly done, and very true. Those little friendly jabs are the assassins of trust & love. (Report) Reply

  • Cleveland Gibson (1/14/2014 4:43:00 PM)

    There is a lot of bad passion in this poem. It hits me between the eyes. makes me wonder too. Well done. IMO (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. I Write Because, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  2. Versed on Love, Ima Ryma
  3. When And Death Come Calling, Tony Adah
  4. A Sure Feeling, Luis Estable
  5. DESTINY, Seira LNlee94
  6. I Do Well Down There, Luis Estable
  7. Seasons Past, R B Seals
  8. I Call Me One Today, Luis Estable
  9. Never Ending Love, Sandra Feldman
  10. If Those Roses Could, Luis Estable

Poem of the Day

poet John Gay

Friendship, as love, is but a name,
Save in a concentrated flame;
And thus, in friendships, who depend
On more than one, find not one friend.

A hare who, in a civil way,
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]