Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

, -lies


Here - here is the blade.
See there the tell-tale stain's impact;
Did I not thrust it to your very heart?
Yet in all your babble where is once the proof
That one - yes, even one - blood droplet fell?
Ah - you withhold the truth -
And I say lies - lies is what you tell.

Here - here is the smile.
And would you have immortality
Snared from the traps that you have set for me?
To thwart your scheme I long since have forgiven.
See now this strength - do I not wear it well?
Ah - to overestimate your worth -
That would be lies - lies I will not tell.

12-28-91

Submitted: Saturday, September 05, 2009
Edited: Monday, January 27, 2014

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The 'is' stands.
Few if any may realize where this came from.
©Copyright Adeline Foster

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  • Daniel Brick (3/19/2014 9:14:00 PM)

    The word that popped into my mind as I read this poem is not a common one: it's trenchant. This is especially true for the stabbing which begins the poem - it's an amazing eye of the beholder description of the act, which shows how non-responsive this person who lies truly is. The second stanza has some knotty constructions but they fit the poem perfectly! The speaker expresses her triumph with quiet confidence. This poem excels in coiled energy. (Report) Reply

  • Alon Dy (8/23/2012 11:39:00 AM)

    Adeline I like much your poem here. beautiful delivery.Kindly guide me through to my other poems. Just check if they are all right.Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Stan Petrovich (8/22/2011 8:30:00 PM)

    Can't help pondering the Poe referencences. But, in my estimation, this was better thsan Poe himself! (Report) Reply

  • Allemagne Roßmann (8/19/2011 1:10:00 PM)

    See now this strength - do I not wear it well?
    Very deep and very impact of revenge here.Killer instinct well served in poetry of blades.Well done. (Report) Reply

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