Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

To Be Completely Known and All Forgiven

What lavish gifts you do bestow;
With pride my eyes are all aswim.
These tokens say you love me so;
Beside that gift these gifts grow dim.
You hasten to pull out the chair,
Incline your head in secret awe
Of pleasure knowing I am there,
Oblivious of the ones who saw.
You stoop to clear away the plate-
Despising not the helpful task.
In short you are the perfect mate:
What more could any ingrate ask?
I smile and know yet feel the pin
Of conscience prick my quivering shame.
I dropp my eyes lest there within
You'll see the thing I dare not name-
The tattered, timeworn, fragile moth
That fears yet beats against the flame,
The insecure and childish self
That surface words cannot explain.

I'd give each jewel - each shining stone,
Relinquish this grand mansion fine
To live in a much humbler home
If you but knew this wish of mine:
To take the thoughts I dare to dream,
And lay them out before your eyes,
And know I'll not lose your esteem,
And know that you will not despise
The wanderings of my burdened heart,
And not call foolish, foolish fears,
And not tear foolish dreams apart,
And let me shed the unshed tears;
To bare the secret self within
In your safe understanding arms;
To share the person that I am
And know you'll keep me from all harms.

Submitted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Edited: Saturday, September 07, 2013

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The title of this poem is inspired from the 17th century novelist Honore de Balzac's statement, 'the heart's eternal quest to be completely known and all forgiven.'

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  • Is It Poetry (2/18/2014 5:37:00 PM)

    I try to write
    my comments
    in prose like
    you and rhyme.
    Then the few like you
    whom share for free
    the wisdom of the times....iip
    And from me,
    I thank your kind. (Report) Reply

  • Jodie Hardy (8/27/2013 3:30:00 PM)

    You have managed, within a single poem, to pinpoint what so many people suppress. There is beauty, in your honesty. Thank you for sharing. Xx (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (3/13/2013 5:52:00 PM)

    This - I do believe - is exactly what we humans spend our lives seeking, whether realized or not; beautiful poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Owain Glyn (3/2/2013 2:51:00 PM)

    You are clearly a very accomplished poet, a pleasure to read. I shall be back! (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (1/19/2013 12:26:00 PM)

    Though it's the time of Free-for-All poetry, but still the traditional things are regarded right and best, just like the alternate rhyme carried the statement by Balzac till the very end! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (1/15/2013 11:29:00 PM)

    If dis is for a soulmate then u hav expresd d apreciation and gratitude n wishes in a fabulous poetic way indeed. Gr8 rhymin. (Report) Reply

  • Dale Mullock (1/3/2013 2:04:00 PM)

    I think all people secretly want to express their inner selves and confide in someone, to let all the masks, all the fairytale looks, all the harsh and stern faces and just be themselves and for someone to believe in them and love them for who they are. Very nicely express poem with good rhythm, flow and verse and you know the greatest feeling you can have is to love and be loved in equal measure. Let the blood of your heart be the ink of your pen :) (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/3/2013 1:38:00 PM)

    Lovely Adeline - I guess we all have secret dreams and wishes which we would prefer to keep to ourselves. Great poem, so well written of course. (Report) Reply

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