Adeline Foster

Gold Star - 9,222 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

Who Am I - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ 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 through my prism
And somehow recognize why
Those words were torn from the bosom
Of one so unworthy as I.

Topic(s) of this poem: anticipation, humor

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Thankfully I have always enjoyed writing. I seldom need revise my poetry and I am satisfied with the results. This poem is not at all about self doubts it is merely stating that I wish my poetry to be enjoyed long after myself.

Comments about Who Am I by Adeline Foster

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (8/27/2016 6:51:00 AM)

    Unworthy? certainly not you
    Beautiful and so unique too
    Under this vast expanse of blue
    There is space for more poets too…..

    Great poem of yours Madam and keep on at it....I invite you to my page tooo....
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  • Zwelethu Siwaphiwe Shweni (7/29/2016 12:40:00 PM)

    All of the words I want to say
    Some other poet has said - I loved these 2 opening lines.

    So many beautiful poems
    Express what I want to express;
    For me to say it again - I also loved these one because, that is something mutual or common amongst poets. Thank you for sharing.
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  • Sriranji Aratisankar (7/18/2016 1:40:00 AM)

    Well written Foster, enjoyable. In Indian Philosophy self-searching is of great importance. Going through ypur poem i too feel it is echoed. Thank you, sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • (5/18/2016 6:56:00 PM)

    You are absolutely right when it comes to this poem. Everyone expresses their own thoughts feelings and words differently through poetry. I like how you use the use of imagery and rhyming to portray what you are saying. Keep up the good work! (Report) Reply

  • Leah Ross (4/22/2016 4:40:00 PM)

    very well penned beautiful write (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina (3/15/2016 3:32:00 PM)

    Oh Adeline! I enjoyed this poem so much! ! ! you rite regular poems! i love them! it's such a rare gem here among verslibre! and it flows so light! oh delight! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Ozark Mountain Homegrown (3/11/2016 2:18:00 PM)

    Everyone expresses their thoughts and emotions in their own unique way, and every voice wants to be heard! I have self doubt with my own writing all the time...I will think...hmmm... it's pretty good.... but then I read other poets works, that are much more complicated and intellectual, and I'm filled with self doubt, because my poems are very short and simple.... but.... I put it out there anyway, hoping that at least one person might be touched by it in some way...Lovely poem...just keep sharing those expressions! (Report) Reply

  • Agatha Eliza (3/7/2016 3:06:00 AM)

    Who Am I is the most pleasant poem I read this morning..It really touched my heart! I find it so sincere, so bright and so encouraging. Having read it, I remember how I began. I do remember my own first attempts of writing poetry, and that set of fears which oftenly accompanied me: of not proving myself skilled enough, of having approached themes and topics that belong to other poets/models, or are already established by others, of not being sure if I have succeeded in delivering the message or the meaning I wanted, and the list could go on and on. I guess that, in the end, we're all dealing with the same hardship. What is more important is that we all have a voice, and all we have to do is to work hard to perfect ourselves, in order to discover it. And yes, to leave our fears behind, to allow the true self to reveal who we really are in the poetry we leave for others to read. You are a remarkable poet. Thank you so much for letting me know of your work! (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (1/13/2016 2:38:00 PM)

    Brilliant write and that has been said, yet nothing is new in revelation and yet nothing is old by blossom, still newness bring freshness to bough, beautiful way of expression, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/26/2015 4:07:00 AM)

    You are really who you are with your works. Nice work. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Oladipo Daniel Akinnusi (12/14/2015 1:23:00 AM)

    amazing, nice work. The same thought I have and seems I have written something relating to this. that is why Solomon said there is nothing new under heaven. but yet, we must not silent because our mind is truly 'crying out for expression' (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Plotz (11/21/2015 11:48:00 AM)

    You are worthy, I bend my hands toward you with praise, and brilliants. Thanks Adeline. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2015 12:06:00 AM)

    Absolutely beautiful! You do justice to your Muse, Mr. Service. (smile) (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2015 6:43:00 AM)

    Thanks and yes same title but different I's who look for different paths which in hind sight are all learning paths...regards (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2015 8:50:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Beckons me want look outward beyond myself and my own work and into others. Thank you :-) (Report) Reply

  • Noah Buddy (6/16/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    sweet sis
    because one bird sings
    should all others stop singing?
    led zep was the best
    so should jimi and mick have stopped

    your tweet is perfectly your perfect song
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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

  • (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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 21, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 12, 2016

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