Adeline Foster

Gold Star - 8,308 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~no Man Is An Island - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Or so I’ve heard it said.
Certain men are leaders,
And others must be led.
Let not the man who would control
Despise the lowly serf
For if there were no followers
What need of kings on earth.

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Comments about ~no Man Is An Island by Adeline Foster

  • Mj Lemon (6/22/2015 2:09:00 PM)

    Amazing poem. Indeed, what need of kings when those who toil and produce and make the world cease to exist? Just wonderful...A 10. (Report) Reply

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  • Daniel Y. Daniel Y. (2/26/2014 9:36:00 PM)

    Brilliant. Beautiful and terse! The allusion is less about leadership and more about the social nature of humanity. But your poem is clearly about hierarchy. Reminds me of my poem called Chess. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/27/2014 3:10:00 PM)

    I thought I was heading towards Hemingway and expected bells to be tolling. Instead I found a lovely assonant little poem, which reminded me of a saying I heard many times in the Fire Service.
    Too many chiefs and not enough indians
    Hugz (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (1/8/2014 9:31:00 PM)

    Excellent! ! .
    However I do wish we could do without the corruption and abuse that comes with the dear leaders (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren Valerie Dohren (1/4/2014 3:07:00 PM)

    Great write as always Adeline, beautiful rhythm and rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (1/4/2014 3:02:00 PM)

    A brief, but splendid write with truth written throughout.Great to see you still posting 10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 12, 2015


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