Adeline Foster

Bronze Star - 2,195 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~cicatrix - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ Cicatrix

The heart is like a honeycomb,
Each section having many rooms:
Faith, and love, and hope, and trust.
Some hearts were never made to stand
The pains that years of life will hand;
Yet bear that pain we must.
So in those rooms of honeycombs
There are many silent, sacred tombs
With locks that never rust.
Each searing pain will close a door,
And, though we walk on as before,
There is a little less of us.
And, sometimes in the evening's gloom,
We reach into some closed off room
And drag a skeleton from a shelf;
And, though we do not understand,
We turn it o'er as best we can,
And put it back to rest.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

*cicatrix: the scar tissue that forms over a wound to help it heal.

Comments about ~cicatrix by Adeline Foster

  • Rookie - 156 Points Kebe Iwara (5/29/2015 1:40:00 PM)

    oh my. such a refreshing poem. some poets only too well can elaborate another's feeling (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 928 Points Mary Forrester (5/25/2014 4:28:00 PM)

    Ah such a lovely poem Adeline, beautifully written. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,216 Points Bill Cantrell (4/22/2014 4:42:00 PM)

    Sacred tombs with locks that never rust...well put, so very well put. The last line is the nail in the coffin which only holds the lid tight until we reach again. I love this poem because it is true to life and put in perfect order..Great work! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,999 Points Noreen Carden (2/3/2014 6:08:00 PM)

    Wow i am blown away by the beauty in this poem also i have learned a new word cicatrix
    Thank you so much adeline (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,112 Points Heather Wilkins (9/28/2013 11:35:00 AM)

    a lovely poem. beautiful imagery (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,988 Points Khairul Ahsan (9/7/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    An amazingly touchy poem with beautiful imagery, like those tiny compartments of a honeycomb, some having a silent, sacred tomb of dead desires, hopes and aspirations in each, and the broad compartments of faith, love, hope and trust. So nicely written and easily understood, is the beauty of the poem.10/10! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,005 Points Lorraine Colon (4/5/2013 4:25:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem, very well done, with a perfect title! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (3/5/2013 6:05:00 PM)

    Good sense of structure. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 175 Points Marcus Mckinley (2/10/2013 2:55:00 PM)

    the compartmentalization of heartbreak and heartache we all keep inside can and will bring an early demise. If we can't lay them to rest. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tammy Logan (12/16/2012 9:59:00 AM)

    Love it! ! I love when I can see what is written. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,077 Points * Sunprincess * (11/10/2012 3:54:00 PM)

    love the imagery of the honeycomb..fabulous.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 454 Points Joseph Anderson (4/30/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    What can I say-a real soul searcher, earthy and worthy. I guess we will keep your scars an try to remember, or
    forget. A sad and moving write (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points C.F Francis (4/30/2012 6:19:00 AM)

    wooow....i love this poem, i can relate to the 'honeycombs'...good it (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,417 Points Shahzia Batool (4/7/2012 12:24:00 PM)

    this poem connects us to aldous huxley's idea
    man is an amphibian, or to be more accurate, man is five or six amphibians rolled into one...simultaneously he keeps on conquering n confronting many folds n layers of his inner self that is divided into many cells n write deep...adeline. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 826 Points Ency Bearis (3/27/2012 5:01:00 AM)

    A well written metaphor, and its wonderful thought that you created the 4 chamber of hearts into faith, love, hope and trust. And with the triscuspid valve and mitral valve as the doors. A very creative poem. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,290 Points Louis Rams (2/23/2012 8:12:00 PM)

    very well written, and takes the reader from room to room in that honneycomb (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,941 Points Smoky Hoss (2/16/2012 6:18:00 PM)

    The first word that comes to my mind upon reading this poem is: Mercy. That is what this speaks to me; it's beautiful, it's deep... and it is true. Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Hardin (12/31/2011 12:47:00 AM)

    I enjoyed. Alot of wisdom in this poem. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 96 Points Vidyadhara ..... (6/4/2008 8:35:00 PM)

    THe sacred Tomb has many secrets in it
    Sir excellent write about tender heart. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (12/12/2007 3:19:00 PM)

    This beautiful hymn of reconciliation sings of the wisdom of your years and understanding of their meaning. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 6, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, July 27, 2015

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