Adeline Foster

Rookie - 261 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

Memory Is A Cheating Thing


Memory is a cheating thing-
It only strives to please,
And over bitter clouds creates
A shimmer to deceive.

Memory is a kindly thing-
It drops curtains on the past;
And through the layers of gauze is seen
Brave figurines of glass.

Submitted: Monday, October 27, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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  • Rookie - 23 Points Deron Sichanpheng (10/10/2014 1:45:00 AM)

    I agree with @claude h oliver.
    Yes and no.
    It can be a good or bad thing.
    Its fragile, but it's your choice to choose.
    I like this.
    This is a force to be reckon with.
    I applaud thee, Adeline. ^ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 121 Points Lonnie Hicks (12/12/2012 7:47:00 PM)

    I like this one Adeline. Most times I don't do requests for reads. I am not here for that. But you my dear are special. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 573 Points Shahzia Batool (6/2/2012 7:00:00 AM)

    As a poem, it is short, packed with thoughts and concentrated, with two definitions of memory: a cheating; n a kindly thing...this is a pleasurable indulgence in the willing self-deception...there are so many pains; n there are so many abstract sources of healing...i think, when we enter the memory world, it drops curtains on the present, though for a while... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,629 Points Ken E Hall (8/24/2011 5:57:00 AM)

    A meaningful poem indeed...the title means to me as I visit an old peoples home 4 times a week and in the high care section all the aged have Alzheimers, memories of childhood they remember but don't know what they had for breakfast... a cheating thing...thanks for the read...regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Katie Moore (8/15/2011 3:01:00 AM)

    Adeline

    I love this poem! Not just the meaning behind it but the way it gently flows. When I got to the end I was disappointed that there wasn't more. I could have kept reading! So grateful for memory but also taken for granted. Sometimes I think we overburden it that, like a sponge, it becomes oversaturated then that's when it fails us. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,113 Points Walterrean Salley (8/6/2011 4:54:00 PM)

    Really enjoyed this. Well written.

    Too, I’ve always said: memory is soooooo convenient.
    It works just fine - when it wants to. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points David Beckham (6/23/2011 4:05:00 PM)

    absolutely fantastic! This takes poetry to a point of practical importance! Gees, how many times, do I thank myself for not remembring the past and at the same time, how many times do i say to myself, 'darn it you forgot his name' lol. The symetry and balance is fantastic! 10/10 tfs (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Janice Windle (7/26/2009 10:56:00 AM)

    I like your take on the intentions of Memory personified - is it telling white lies? Drawing a merciful veil over painful experiences in the past? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lynn Glover (7/7/2009 12:36:00 PM)

    Adeline: Another great poem. I must confess as i age memory becomes blurry and fuzzy except for the distant past. Very good write I loved it Lynn (Report) Reply

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