Adeline Foster

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

~ Brush Strokes - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ Brush Strokes

A poet needs a model,
As sure as artist's brush.
We need not pay commission,
For the world will sit for us.
Our tools are simple and they're free-
A knowing heart and sympathy.
Yet these are bought at a dear price-
The pains and sufferings of life.
We paint the lines in a mother's face
Or the twinkling in an eye.
We sketch the history of a race
Or the creed of men who die.

Our easels have no preference
For light or shade or sheen.
Our models need not hold a pose;
We sketch the changing scene.
We write about the ugly;
We write about the fair,
And every time we turn our heads,
We find new subjects there-
The tinkling shades of laughter,
The restful shades of green.
And yet each line will bear a trace
Of everything we've seen.

I wrote it to a picture-
I wrote it to a song.
I wrote it to an old man
Shuffling along.
I wrote it to a garden-
I wrote it to a leaf.
I wrote it to an anguished cry-
I wrote it to relief.
I wrote it to an artist-
I wrote it to a sage.
And every time I lift my eyes,
There stands another page.

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry

Comments about ~ Brush Strokes by Adeline Foster

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (3/8/2017 5:05:00 PM)

    Lovely and most certainly, my pleasure to read!

    Dorothy alves Holmes
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  • (11/14/2016 2:51:00 PM)

    Brush Strokes.
    Very effective use of repetition (anaphora) -'I wrote'. Profound thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Angela Douglas (7/23/2016 7:50:00 PM)

    beautifully expressed vocation of a poet, of a particular poets and of the seen and unseen kind army of poets throughout all generations. It is such a wondrous relief to read this and know that a contemporary poet has written this. This way of looking at and loving and writing poetry seems almost forgotten in the general landscape of poetry now. Thank You! (Report) Reply

  • Sarah Persson (5/25/2016 5:25:00 PM)

    Bloomin perfect. You got it down to a tee. Brilliant is this piece of work I thank you for sharing this, I smiled all the way through it because above and beyond everything there will always be another page waiting to be filled with such a talent, in every poet. (Report) Reply

  • Shahin Latif (12/3/2015 3:08:00 PM)

    I am very glad to read this poem. Good ink! Excellent narrated. So, take my heartiest thanks dearest poet Adeline Foster. Be well always. (Report) Reply

  • James Darwin Smith Ii (9/26/2015 2:10:00 AM)

    The artistry of this just is beyond words. Just amazing and something to behold. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (2/7/2015 7:21:00 AM)

    So eloquently captures the hand and heart of a poet. Reads like an instruction manual for learning life's lessons.
    Easy to find a daily mantra, in your lovely sentences, brush stroked with care. I invite you to wander around my writes, a common thread spun. PEACE
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  • Mary Angela Douglas (8/24/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    This poem made me cry.

    Mary Angela Douglas
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  • (7/27/2014 2:20:00 PM)

    wonderful Adeline! I love your poem and can not wait to delve into others! (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2013 11:37:00 PM)

    Great imagery, I could imagine the poet as artist describing everything in poetry - even the poets brush stroke came through to me. Great poem! ! Thank you for sharing it with me. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (10/21/2013 6:58:00 PM)

    Hello Adeline a wonderful portrait of a poet well done very enjoyable read (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2013 5:36:00 PM)

    I am so glad I read this. This is such a beautiful poem! I love the imagery in it. You are a great writer! (Report) Reply

  • Oyekake Satty (o. S.) Joshua (6/29/2013 6:49:00 AM)

    Yes, yes, Yes! ! Beautifully and truly expressed!
    I love it.
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  • Yash Shinde (10/27/2012 8:08:00 AM)

    great imagery........very truthful........a great masterpiece from a master poet.....lovely :) (Report) Reply

  • Mark Normand (9/3/2012 7:28:00 AM)

    This is a very nice poem.Speaks a lot of truth. Good job. (Report) Reply

  • Vanessa Hughes (6/21/2011 4:01:00 AM)

    Brilliant poem Adeline, so true. I didn't realise how much inspiration there is around until I started to write poetry. I really enjoyed this! (Report) Reply

  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (2/2/2010 8:55:00 AM)

    i was expecting something but it seems that this one gave more. (Report) Reply

  • Tanvi Damle (1/22/2010 12:09:00 AM)

    wow...your description of a poet is perfect! ! i loved it...certainly going in my favorites :) (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2009 7:49:00 AM)

    Written by a expert poet who so well relates the journey a poet makes and the endless subjects to write about. The title Brush Strokes is extremely creative. Thank you Adeline. Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2008 5:41:00 PM)

    I don't see how a poet could be described any better, Adeline. This is an excellent poem.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 12, 2015

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