Adeline Foster

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

~ Cicatrix - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ Cicatrix

The heart is like a honeycomb,
Each section having many rooms:
Faith, and love, and hope, and trust.
Some hearts were never made to stand
The pains that years of life will hand;
Yet bear that pain we must.
So in those rooms of honeycombs
There are many silent, sacred tombs
With locks that never rust.
Each searing pain will close a door,
And, though we walk on as before,
There is a little less of us.
And, sometimes in the evening's gloom,
We reach into some closed off room
And drag a skeleton from a shelf;
And, though we do not understand,
We turn it o'er as best we can,
And put it back to rest.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

*cicatrix: the scar tissue that forms over a wound to help it heal.

Comments about ~ Cicatrix by Adeline Foster

  • (6/1/2016 1:41:00 PM)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this.. a most wonderful poem 10+ (Report) Reply

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  • Brian Taylor (10/11/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    This is very good. The heart is a honeycomb. Love is the honey itself.. Brian (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2015 1:40:00 PM)

    oh my. such a refreshing poem. some poets only too well can elaborate another's feeling (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2014 4:28:00 PM)

    Ah such a lovely poem Adeline, beautifully written. (Report) Reply

  • Bill Cantrell (4/22/2014 4:42:00 PM)

    Sacred tombs with locks that never rust...well put, so very well put. The last line is the nail in the coffin which only holds the lid tight until we reach again. I love this poem because it is true to life and put in perfect order..Great work! (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (2/3/2014 6:08:00 PM)

    Wow i am blown away by the beauty in this poem also i have learned a new word cicatrix
    Thank you so much adeline
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  • Heather Wilkins (9/28/2013 11:35:00 AM)

    a lovely poem. beautiful imagery (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/7/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    An amazingly touchy poem with beautiful imagery, like those tiny compartments of a honeycomb, some having a silent, sacred tomb of dead desires, hopes and aspirations in each, and the broad compartments of faith, love, hope and trust. So nicely written and easily understood, is the beauty of the poem.10/10! (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2013 4:25:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem, very well done, with a perfect title! (Report) Reply

  • William F Dougherty (3/5/2013 6:05:00 PM)

    Good sense of structure. (Report) Reply

  • Marcus Mckinley (2/10/2013 2:55:00 PM)

    the compartmentalization of heartbreak and heartache we all keep inside can and will bring an early demise. If we can't lay them to rest. (Report) Reply

  • Tammy Logan (12/16/2012 9:59:00 AM)

    Love it! ! I love when I can see what is written. (Report) Reply

  • (4/30/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    What can I say-a real soul searcher, earthy and worthy. I guess we will keep your scars an try to remember, or
    forget. A sad and moving write
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  • (4/30/2012 6:19:00 AM)

    wooow....i love this poem, i can relate to the 'honeycombs'...good it (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (4/7/2012 12:24:00 PM)

    this poem connects us to aldous huxley's idea
    man is an amphibian, or to be more accurate, man is five or six amphibians rolled into one...simultaneously he keeps on conquering n confronting many folds n layers of his inner self that is divided into many cells n write deep...adeline.
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  • (3/27/2012 5:01:00 AM)

    A well written metaphor, and its wonderful thought that you created the 4 chamber of hearts into faith, love, hope and trust. And with the triscuspid valve and mitral valve as the doors. A very creative poem. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Louis Rams (2/23/2012 8:12:00 PM)

    very well written, and takes the reader from room to room in that honneycomb (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2012 6:18:00 PM)

    The first word that comes to my mind upon reading this poem is: Mercy. That is what this speaks to me; it's beautiful, it's deep... and it is true. Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/31/2011 12:47:00 AM)

    I enjoyed. Alot of wisdom in this poem. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Vidyadhar Durgekar (6/4/2008 8:35:00 PM)

    THe sacred Tomb has many secrets in it
    Sir excellent write about tender heart.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 6, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 12, 2015

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