Adeline Foster

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

Malgre Soi - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ Malgre Soi

One footstep on a mountain
Leaves a footprint on the land,
And never more is the mountain
Untrod by any man.
One small mark on a paper
Will mar the surface bare;
Erase it, yet an imprint
Always will be there.
One small lie makes a liar-
One small theft, a thief:
Many years of dire regret
Or many years of grief
Will not undo a single word
Or turn back the hands of time,
Though the imprint on the conscience
A lifetime may outshine.


*Malgré Soi: (fr) in spite of oneself, compulsive

Topic(s) of this poem: nostalgia, youth


Comments about Malgre Soi by Adeline Foster

  • (5/28/2016 2:26:00 AM)


    Last three lines particularly good. Nostalgia & regret that nothing can be erased.
    Like this and Joseph's comments. Must pay him a visit too.
    Tom Billsborough
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  • (1/14/2016 3:08:00 PM)


    Adeline-I am back at 91 years and happy to once again be reading your fine poetry. This one measures up to yourhigh standards.I hope to see more of yours and post some more of mine -a 10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 11, 2016


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