Adeline Foster

Bronze Star - 2,182 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~in Answer To Her Letter* - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ In Answer To Her Letter*

How often I have read your words;
How well I understand.
I also hear what others say,
And how they do expound.

And then I hear you say,
As though I’m sitting by your side:
I’m only writing simple words,
So it’s better here to hide.

Sometimes I’m only wondering,
And so I put it down
To help my readers wonder
Until the truth is found.

For poets are asking questions
Of everything that’s been.
They wonder, then they look around,
Then write what they have seen.

Our wisdom is not greater
Then others who would know.
We are just inquisitive
And so it has to show.

But then the world looks on
And exaggerates our dreams,
And in our simple words they find
Their own tendency to extremes.

*Referring to Emily Dickenson's poem
This is My Letter to the World

Comments about ~in Answer To Her Letter* by Adeline Foster

  • Silver Star - 3,267 Points Curtis Johnson (8/22/2015 11:57:00 PM)

    Very good approach Adeline. In a world such as ours, there is indeed a great need for answers. Sometimes many years pass before an answer arrives. I was once inspired to write a poem based on the pain I felt from words said in a poem. It was an answer to the cry so evident that I was compelled to respond via a poem. Thank you and GBU. Curtis (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 25,725 Points Kim Barney (7/29/2015 7:53:00 AM)

    Beautifully expressed and summarized. You have a lot of talent. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 222 Points Adam Mckim (3/23/2012 11:29:00 PM)

    I like this. Very well written and well expressed. Keep on writing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 489 Points Vipins Puthooran (12/26/2011 1:53:00 PM)

    Elegant penning- I like this poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,361 Points Saadat Tahir (12/15/2011 3:19:00 PM)

    But then the world looks on
    And exaggerates our dreams,
    And in our simple words they find
    Their own tendency to extremes.

    beautifully summed up....

    great lines
    :) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 885 Points Kaila George (11/27/2011 3:31:00 PM)

    I like to the true about poets...brillant how you captured how a poet depics the world through there own penmenship. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Suzie Gaut (11/2/2011 1:17:00 PM)

    this is a really nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 51 Points Brian Skyers (11/1/2011 7:39:00 PM)

    Very nice. This explains' my' breakdown of thaught. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 27, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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