Adeline Foster

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~mother Dear, Oh Mother Dear - Poem by Adeline Foster

~ Mother Dear, O Mother Dear


Mother dear, oh Mother dear, were you ever young?
How felt you on the day when love had just begun?
Did tulips drip from every branch and joy obscure the sun?
Did secret smiles once mold your hopes
Where lines of care and dread are ropes
That tell of bitter loss instead,
The smiles forgotten now and fled?
Like me, were you once mesmerized
Of blissfilled future, sunny skies,
Then saw the storm clouds gather round,
Felt the darkness, heard the sound
Of lighting charring all your dreams,
Each betrayal worse than last it seems?
Through heavy days and heavy thoughts,
Each step mechanically has brought
You to this day where now you live,
Those dreams forgotten, for it is
That dreams are fairy-castles built
And meant to evaporate and wilt.
Then, as you held each fragile child,
Did ghosts of dreams bring back a smile?
Forgotten dreams, once more reborn,
To die again before the dawn-
Unmourned, unnoticed, as time moved on,
Interred within your heart's sad song?
Mother dear, oh Mother dear, were we ever young?

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Comments about ~mother Dear, Oh Mother Dear by Adeline Foster

  • (5/20/2016 9:50:00 AM)


    Beauty and grace in metered verse! Very lovingly crafted. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for reading my poem All That Shatters is Not Glass. My most recent poem, My Mother's Mirror, was inspired by my Mom, who passed away in late 2013. It has taken me this long to be able to write something related to her. (Report) Reply

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  • Sarah Persson (3/3/2016 10:48:00 AM)


    This is a be a beautiful poem. You write with a wonderful imagination, almost familiar. (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2013 5:17:00 PM)


    Heart renchingly perfect. Well-thought out. Masterfully executed. Superb imagery. (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2012 12:55:00 PM)


    This is a very loving poem. I can see how much you love your mother just I love my mine. (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2012 7:27:00 AM)


    A woman's heart is like the sea...deep and mysterious. Why wouldn't our mothers be the same...I can honestly say I've never discussed anything like this with my own mother. Very nice and almost guilt-tripping for me. (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2012 1:44:00 AM)


    Lovely poem focusing on the common issues we face in life- in hopes of finding solid counsel and advice in learning to dealing with them. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (6/4/2012 12:30:00 PM)


    Mother oh mother dear, do you ever read such a nice poem like i have one now
    Talking about our time, sad in bitterness, joy in blissfulness
    Mother oh mother dear, Adeline write one, and it is sweet one
    to portray everybody's life to live in her poetry_Unwritten Soul
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  • Marilyn Lott (6/2/2012 3:01:00 PM)


    That's so beautiful, Adeline. Some things we ask our mothers and some they volunteer but so many others we long to know about, don't we? You did a wonderful job and I enjoyed it so much. (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2012 6:51:00 PM)


    What a wonderful poem! What a stirring comment on the reality of life. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (5/29/2012 3:51:00 AM)


    The first and the last lines complete the summary of a mother n a daughter's lives in a shared experience of the pangs of motherhood, in terms ofall care n all dread...n in the end...unmourned, unnoticed......a v v natural sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (5/22/2012 1:19:00 PM)


    A really wonderful poem, I enjoyed it so much. (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2012 2:35:00 PM)


    A stirring, soulful and searching write that seems to speak of tragedies unknown.i thought of my dear mother.
    Sadly beautiful and well done
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  • Valerie Dohren (5/19/2012 2:06:00 PM)


    A truly beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 21, 2015


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