poet Adeline Foster

Adeline Foster

~plain Talk

~ Plain Talk

'Mommy;
What am I supposed to say
When they pat my head and ask me
If I've been good today?
I don't really want to tell them;
I don't know if I've been good.
I try so hard, and yet each day
I don't do the things I should;
For I am so forgetful;
My chores I leave undone;
And when I rush to do them
I create another one.
There are so many things to learn,
So many things to see,
And time goes by so quickly,
There should be two of me.
Sometimes I say a word in spite-
I know it isn't kind.
My heart tells me it isn't right,
But it doesn't speak in time.
Oh, Mommy dear, come tell me
Why can't I just be good,
And make you happy all the time,
Like I did in babyhood? '

'My darling child, I love you.
How wondrously you speak.
Some adults don't know what to say
When a little child they meet.
Yes, you are forgetful,
But then I'm forgetful too
Because that's the way we humans are:
You don't think I'm bad, do you?
Sometimes we foolish adults
Say a little child is bad,
And forget, when we were children,
That would have made us sad.
Many times we speak in haste,
The hurt we cause unseen.
Sometimes, when I'm impatient,
I don't say just what I mean:
For, even if you make mistakes,
You're the best that's ever been,
And when you say you love me,
You've wiped the whole slate clean
For, every time you make amends,
You've done the best you could.
The only thing that's ever bad
Is to stop trying to be good.'

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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  • Ronald StricklandRonald Strickland (11/30/2015 6:46:00 PM)

    Awesome poem. I enjoyed reading

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  • The Silence Heard (12/8/2012 11:04:00 AM)

    True and Honest..the makings of a good mother.

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (8/22/2008 8:04:00 AM)

    Good and humorous...enjoyable too.10+Thanks for sharing and for your comment on my poem 'a recipe'

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  • Ron Flowers (7/29/2008 2:23:00 PM)

    I love the poem and it's message.

    Ron

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  • James B. Earley (7/28/2008 11:24:00 AM)

    You are soooo good my friend! Excellent composition.

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  • Dan Gelinas (7/22/2008 12:55:00 PM)

    This poem made me smile. You seem very wise.

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  • Estrella Baldemosa (7/21/2008 1:18:00 PM)

    And when you say you love me,
    You've wiped the whole slate clean
    For, every time you make amends,
    You've done the best you could.
    The only thing that's ever bad
    Is to stop trying to be good.'

    a scarred heart of a kid needs to be reminded always of an unceasing love. As always, it is always true love that heals even the deepest wounds of adults.

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