Adeline Foster

Gold Star - 7,438 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~ Brush Strokes - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ 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.

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry

Comments about ~ Brush Strokes by Adeline Foster

  • Sarah Persson Sarah Persson (5/25/2016 5:25:00 PM)

    Bloomin perfect. You got it down to a tee. Brilliant is this piece of work I thank you for sharing this, I smiled all the way through it because above and beyond everything there will always be another page waiting to be filled with such a talent, in every poet. (Report) Reply

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  • Shahin Latif Shahin Latif (12/3/2015 3:08:00 PM)

    I am very glad to read this poem. Good ink! Excellent narrated. So, take my heartiest thanks dearest poet Adeline Foster. Be well always. (Report) Reply

  • Yoonoos Peerbocus (12/2/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    you have a different way to express reality.nice (Report) Reply

  • James Darwin Smith Ii James Darwin Smith Ii (9/26/2015 2:10:00 AM)

    The artistry of this just is beyond words. Just amazing and something to behold. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara Susan Lacovara (2/7/2015 7:21:00 AM)

    So eloquently captures the hand and heart of a poet. Reads like an instruction manual for learning life's lessons.
    Easy to find a daily mantra, in your lovely sentences, brush stroked with care. I invite you to wander around my writes, a common thread spun. PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Mary Angela Douglas Mary Angela Douglas (8/24/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    This poem made me cry.

    Mary Angela Douglas (Report) Reply

  • G Sweeney (7/27/2014 2:20:00 PM)

    wonderful Adeline! I love your poem and can not wait to delve into others! (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Noreen Carden Noreen Carden (10/21/2013 6:58:00 PM)

    Hello Adeline a wonderful portrait of a poet well done very enjoyable read (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Oyekake Satty (o. S.) Joshua (6/29/2013 6:49:00 AM)

    Yes, yes, Yes! ! Beautifully and truly expressed!
    I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde Yash Shinde (10/27/2012 8:08:00 AM)

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

  • Mark Normand Mark Normand (9/3/2012 7:28:00 AM)

    This is a very nice poem.Speaks a lot of truth. Good job. (Report) Reply

  • Vanessa Hughes 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

  • Prince Obed de la Cruz Prince Obed de la Cruz (2/2/2010 8:55:00 AM)

    i was expecting something but it seems that this one gave more. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (5/2/2009 7:49:00 AM)

    Written by a expert poet who so well relates the journey a poet makes and the endless subjects to write about. The title Brush Strokes is extremely creative. Thank you Adeline. Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • 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.

    Ron (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 12, 2015

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