Adeline Foster

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

Of Dandelions And Tears - Poem by Adeline Foster

The child cried out in unaffected glee.
The adult smiled impassively,
'Tis common, they are all around, ' said he.
The child saw not the yellow dotted lea.
But deep within the yellow flower's maze,
Saw sunlight dancing there in golden blaze.
The adult, fearing lest mere childish sways
Should overlook a taste of nobler praise,
Hastened to point out a rose.

The child saw tears behind the lonely eyes.
The adult's shield intensifies,
''Tis not ours to care for every wretch that cries.'
The childish heart is grieved as he replies,
'Why is the world so filled with tears and woe?
Why are so many lonely heads bent low? '
The adult, sure there is no need to know,
Though he himself had asked it long ago,
Indifferently replied, 'Who knows? '

The child, no longer heeding others need,
Has served apprenticeship to greed.
The adult also knows the passing speed
Of years that grasp the hand and take the lead.
The child no longer cares for those who cry-
Treads down the simple flower and walks on by.
Alone the adult sits and wonders why,
Knowing somewhere a truth must justify
The dandelion and the rose.

Comments about Of Dandelions And Tears by Adeline Foster

  • Mary Forrester (5/25/2014 4:12:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful poem Adeline.Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (10/22/2013 4:29:00 AM)

    A lovely piece Adeline (Report)Reply

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  • The Silence Heard (12/8/2012 11:09:00 AM)

    Different Avenue indeed. Beautiful. (Report)Reply

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  • Valerie DohrenValerie Dohren (7/3/2012 4:08:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem Adeline, very meaningful. (Report)Reply

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  • Kasia FedykKasia Fedyk (6/22/2012 5:14:00 PM)

    Oh it is so beautiful, simply beautiful, Adeline, I feel so much, I see the passion the innocence that glows through a child's heart, a flower in a Divine form, let it take you away and carry you into the fields of sun and love once more. Thank you so much Adeline. Love and Light (Report)Reply

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  • Dave Walker (4/11/2012 5:02:00 PM)

    A so well written and beautiful poem.
    Liked it very much.

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  • Unwritten SoulUnwritten Soul (9/24/2011 11:55:00 AM)

    Oh this is very subtle and beautiful writing....There are few lessons i took here and there..the story just amazing walk along the rhythm..Feel good for someone expert in poetry did comment my poem...we met in dandelion smile, you lend sincere voice, for me to learn more..Thanks for sharing and thanks again for commenting my dandelion :) _ Unwritten Soul (Report)Reply

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  • Lynn Glover (7/18/2010 9:48:00 PM)

    To shed some tears, to show show some love, to spend some time with a loved one down in the lea must be a great feeling as time goes on. A very great write and once again I love the way your poems rhyme. Your friend Lynn (Report)Reply

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  • Saadat TahirSaadat Tahir (7/10/2010 2:38:00 PM)

    abso amazing and beautiful....
    i am mesmerised.... of course u teach poetry.....but still....loved it

    i am not qualified to talk much about your poem... a daunted novice if i may

    your lines bring to fore an important matter in such a subtle and colorful example...just beautiful.... simple charming and classical....thanx

    10 and cheers


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 3, 2013

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