Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~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.

Submitted: Monday, August 06, 2007
Edited: Monday, January 27, 2014

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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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 not-selves...you write deep...adeline. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Martin Swords (8/16/2007 7:06:00 PM)

    and though we walk on as before
    there is a little less of us

    great line, it takes many years to see this
    thank you
    martin (Report) Reply

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