Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

WHO AM I


All of the words I want to say
Some other poet has said
In such a stupendously marvelous way
That they just cry out to be read.
So many beautiful poems
Express what I want to express;
For me to say it again
Would be mere presumptuousness.
My words would be a regression
In the light of their thorough address,
Yet my thoughts cry out for expression;
I'll just have to say them I guess
And hope that beside the great masters
My efforts will not be in vain,
And somewhere in the ages hereafter
Someone will read them again
And see the need though my prism
And somehow recognize why
Those words were torn from the bosom
Of one so unworthy as I.

Submitted: Sunday, September 21, 2008
Edited: Saturday, June 19, 2010

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  • Geoffrey Fafard (7/19/2014 3:23:00 AM)

    Poems like this are the traffic on the highway from the soul to the page. I am enlightened and understand the flow. Thank you for that encouragement Adeline It just makes me want to keep my pen inked up. Geoffrey. (Report) Reply

  • Callum Witts (7/2/2014 5:52:00 PM)

    I can relate to this poem greatly, it is beautiful and so well written. Thank you for this. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (6/28/2014 10:06:00 PM)

    A beautiful write up and I must say that your efforts will not be in vain. Definitely you'll find the ray of success (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Colon (5/24/2014 11:19:00 PM)

    This is a very inspiring poem, Adeline. It gives voice to a multitude of poets who are afraid of repeating what has already been written about. But we should not have this fear. We all express ourselves differently and deserve to be heard. When I have something to express, I do it, regardless of how many times the subject has been written about, and who wrote it. I guess writing is more cathartic for me - I'm like a volcano that has to erupt. I truly enjoyed your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (5/24/2014 6:31:00 PM)

    I've wrestled with my own What's the point? in the past, and now I'm comforted and fortified by this answer: My point of view. Interesting that you wrote about this subject using a conventional rhyme scheme... Every one of us ought to contribute to the interweave of creativity that makes our human race so special. Thank you for suggesting this poem, Adeline, I appreciate it. (Report) Reply

  • Laurie X3 (3/12/2014 5:48:00 PM)

    Out of need! ! Not for competition or comparison but to remember or heal or rejoice! ! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Stevens (3/10/2014 3:01:00 AM)

    I like it! Everytime I write I think to myself that it is pointless because I dont stack up compared to the people who are remembered in the great poetry books. maybe someday, we too will remembered, even if a little. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Y. (2/28/2014 9:40:00 PM)

    The first time I read it I didn't even notice rhyming, I was reading it like a novel. It is a deep concern not only of every poet but of every writer. Especially the last four lines stand out to me. The prism through which you see is uniquely yours. I've written a similar sentiment in my poem The Fight to be Heard. Though mine never succeeds from the pit called vanity. Do you think this is part of the nature of writing, or of caring about writing, or just of human nature? (Report) Reply

  • To Windward (1/23/2014 3:32:00 PM)

    Of all your poems you ask me to read this one. I wonder, is it because you can see the angst in a fellow poet? I felt so much better having read it. Someone, Wilde I think, said, be yourself, everyone else is taken - sometimes this aspiration is rather at odds with what makes someone want to write poetry, don't you think? I've added Who Am I to my poem list, thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (12/7/2013 8:20:00 AM)

    What a beautiful natural flow to your words, a pleasure to read. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (11/26/2013 11:24:00 PM)

    i quickly added this to MyPoemList before i forgot. how modestly you (seem) to write about your own talent!
    that said, i feel no more need to add to the praises i found in the comments which came before mine. thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Guenael Oristel (11/18/2013 7:00:00 PM)

    OOOOO, I love the rhythm of this poem. Not only I was able to hear the melody, harmony of this wonderful poem I can also hear your heart speaks. Keep writing and keep shining Adeline. (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (10/21/2013 11:16:00 PM)

    You also have a way with words Adeline. This poem tells of your poet heart, humble and so truthful. Yet, bold
    enough to reiterate who a poet is in your own words. Lovely poem, I love it. Thank you so much for sharing it
    with me, I am honored. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Richard Lackman (8/27/2013 7:04:00 PM)

    Adeline, I just read who am I for the first time. What a great poem! it certainly captures all of the mental issues surrounding writing poetry. Trying to say something that has certainly been said before but in a fresh way or one that reflects the poet's individual experience, is daunting. You have certainly succeeded with this poem so I cannot forget who you are. Dick Lackman (Report) Reply

  • Alex Medina (8/13/2013 9:28:00 AM)

    After over 2000 years of literature, it is difficult to be original; but there is a unique style to each person's use of the pen. The style and form of expression is what defines us. We are who we are through our thoughts, words, actions, and expression. So whatever you think, whatever you say, whatever you do, and however you express yourself- that is who you are. (Report) Reply

  • Sina Farajzadeh (8/9/2013 2:25:00 AM)

    Well, I read it. I hope my poems will be read by others and I get feedback. Anyway, According to Coleridge, prose is words in their best order and poetry is the best words in their best order. There may be a lot of poems similar to your thoughts but the way people express them, the figurative language they use are definitely different. For example, for the matter of love I guess there are Billions of books and poem. But still people write about it.. hehe. I'd like to know your comment on my satire about Selena Gomez's song Love You Like a Love Song. My Poem's title is Songs. It has the idea which I expressed in my comment. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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