Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~Brush Strokes


A poet needs a model,
As sure as artist's brush.
We need not pay commission,
For the world will sit for us.
Our tools are simple and they're free-
A knowing heart and sympathy.
Yet these are bought at a dear price-
The pains and sufferings of life.
We paint the lines in a mother's face
Or the twinkling in an eye.
We sketch the history of a race
Or the creed of men who die.

Our easels have no preference
For light or shade or sheen.
Our models need not hold a pose;
We sketch the changing scene.
We write about the ugly;
We write about the fair,
And every time we turn our heads,
We find new subjects there-
The tinkling shades of laughter,
The restful shades of green.
And yet each line will bear a trace
Of everything we've seen.

I wrote it to a picture-
I wrote it to a song.
I wrote it to an old man
Shuffling along.
I wrote it to a garden-
I wrote it to a leaf.
I wrote it to an anguished cry-
I wrote it to relief.
I wrote it to an artist-
I wrote it to a sage.
And every time I lift my eyes,
There stands another page.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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  • Bronze Star - 5,417 Points Roseann Shawiak (10/21/2013 11:37:00 PM)

    Great imagery, I could imagine the poet as artist describing everything in poetry - even the poets brush stroke came through to me. Great poem! ! Thank you for sharing it with me. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 371 Points Madeleine Wolf (8/17/2013 5:36:00 PM)

    I am so glad I read this. This is such a beautiful poem! I love the imagery in it. You are a great writer! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 55 Points Yash Shinde (10/27/2012 8:08:00 AM)

    great imagery........very truthful........a great masterpiece from a master poet.....lovely :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Vanessa Hughes (6/21/2011 4:01:00 AM)

    Brilliant poem Adeline, so true. I didn't realise how much inspiration there is around until I started to write poetry. I really enjoyed this! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Tanvi Damle (1/22/2010 12:09:00 AM)

    wow...your description of a poet is perfect! ! i loved it...certainly going in my favorites :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ron Flowers (12/9/2008 5:41:00 PM)

    I don't see how a poet could be described any better, Adeline. This is an excellent poem.

    Regards
    Ron (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Troy Clark (12/4/2008 4:39:00 PM)

    This is an amazing poem. It exspresses so much! You have a 10 my friend. Very, very well done (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Care Bear (11/11/2008 5:55:00 AM)

    Hi just read this as suggested in your comment on one of my poems. It speaks so many truths, mainly that we can find inspiration from all that is around us. Thanks :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Rachel Blank (10/10/2008 7:06:00 PM)

    You commented on one of my poems 'Why I Write All These Poems, ' and this poem really does make sense. That's actually the first time I've heard of a poem like this that is very similar to my view of poetry as well. Very true verses.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 89 Points Marilyn Lott (8/15/2008 11:36:00 AM)

    Perfect poem, Adeline for poets and artists alike. The world is our subject.
    Love the art!

    Warm Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

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