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Facets of Fragility

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.


Like delicate lace adorning unseeing windows

Your shadows form a kaleidoscope of intricate shapes

Where your light tentatively welcomes the morning

Within the complexity of my fragile dreams

The imperfect cadences of a sound unfinished

Allowing music to heal where words have failed

Easing the troubled mind of an aching soul

Orchestrating the fragile sounds of a haunting lament

Within our consciousness lies the precious gift of life

A paradox of strength and weakness which resides

As witness to our struggles, hopes and fears

Reminding us of the fragility of our existence

Our love like a landscape painted on the soul

As waves of emotion find peace on the shores

Of a deeper understanding that transcends time

Capturing those moments within our fragile hearts

As our fractured earth becomes a silent world

Where Mother Nature feels its tenants’ fears

And in our sadness we yearn for her forgiveness

In the belief she will protect our fragile hope

© 2020 Lorna Lamon


Lorna Lamon (author) on July 28, 2020:

As terrible as this pandemic is Denise it has shown us how to appreciate and value our family, friends and this planet we all share. Thank you for your insightful comments which are appreciated. Take care.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 28, 2020:

We have never noticed the fragility of life more than during this pandemic, have we? It reminds all of us that the future is never what we thought it would be and that today is precious. To live each moment is the key. Tomorrow a flood could take it all away.



Lorna Lamon on March 23, 2020:

Hello Diane, I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem and your comments are greatly appreciated. Stay safe in these troubled times.

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 23, 2020:

A great writer you are a creative master you are with beautiful descriptive written words. So delicate representing the gentleness of a woman. I love your writngs and manatita 44. Enjoyed it.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 03, 2020:

Thank you Peggy and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Your comments are exactly what I hoped to convey. Thank you for visiting - appreciated as always.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 03, 2020:

Life is fragile and can be changed in an instant. We need to keep that in mind as we engage with others around us. We also need to give Mother Nature her due respect. This is a beautiful poem, Lorna!

Lorna Lamon (author) on February 10, 2020:

I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Lorna and I always appreciate your generous and kind comments. Thank you.

Lorna from USA on February 10, 2020:

Another lovely poem again Lorn!, What a brilliant way to describe how fragile life is. I admire your talent as a poet. Thanks for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on February 03, 2020:

Thank you Tamara - I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem. Your comments are always appreciated.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on February 02, 2020:

Beautiful poetry, Lorna. ❤️

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 23, 2020:

Lovely to see you Audrey and it's so true we do need to protect our earth. Most of the Australian Bush Fires were deliberately set and caused such devastation. People have to be accountable for their actions, otherwise nothing will change. Thank you for your kind and generous comments.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 22, 2020:

Your lovely poem is such a passionate reminder of how fragile nature is. Two years ago we were evacuated from our mountain cabin during a huge fire claiming thousands of animals and a few homes. This devastating blaze was set by a two-legged piece of garbage, a man who was caught and only served a few years in prison.

We all have a responsibility to honor and protect Mother Earth.

Thank you for your poetic contribution.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 15, 2020:

Thank you Brenda for your kind comments. Life can certainly throw us kerb balls so we should never take anything for granted.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 15, 2020:


You have touched upon the tenderness of the things in life.

We all take things for granted until we are reminded by a catastrophe just how fragile life really is at any moment.

You write with such a passion for everything.

Great write.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 14, 2020:

Lovely to see you Mary and this is exactly what I was hoping to portray. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2020:

Lorna, your words aptly describe the utter fragility of our lives. The facet of hope shines through.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 13, 2020:

So true Denise and we should always cherish them. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 13, 2020:

It seems all of life, love, and health are a fragile treasure easily broken.



Lorna Lamon (author) on January 13, 2020:

I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem Eman and thank you for visiting. Your comments are always so generous and appreciated.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on January 13, 2020:

Very beautiful poem with deep meanings.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 11, 2020:

Very true Manatita and I hope future generations will learn through our mistakes. Enjoy your day.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 11, 2020:

I feel we are the guardians of this earth, therefore the onus is on us to protect everything in nature we take for granted. Lovely to see you Liz and many thanks for your comments.

manatita44 from london on January 11, 2020:

You have written an exquisite piece!. She does indeed wish to protect our fragile hope, Lorna. It's just that the milk of human kindness is missing. Life's struggle, eh? Not a joke! Thank you so much!

Liz Westwood from UK on January 10, 2020:

This poem captures a deep subject very well, highlighting our fragility, but putting it within the context of nature's fragility in our hands. It brings to mind environmental responsibility by the end.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 10, 2020:

Sadly this is the case Lora and I fear we may be running out of time. The Bush Fires in Australia are a stark reminder of just how fragile we truly are. I really hope that 2020 will be the year of change and renewal. Your comments are always so thoughtful and appreciated - thank you.

Lora Hollings on January 09, 2020:

Your poem is beautiful, Lorna. Life is indeed fragile! It passes quickly and moments that we have cherished are gone in a blink of an eye. We only have memories left much like a broken cobweb in the wind and the winter which leaves the trees barren until the season of life returns. Your poem is timely as well. It always seems that mankind's penchant for war and aggression always takes precedence over the beauty of our planet. Your poem is telling us to wake up now and see what is really at stake! Do we go on with destruction or do we finally say enough! Life is too beautiful and we need to change our course now before it is too late. Human arrogance will destroy all that is really worth saving if we let it.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 08, 2020:

Lovely to see you JC and I am humbled by your comments. I'm so glad you enjoy my poems and I appreciate your visits.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on January 08, 2020:

Lorna...Whenever I want a mind-set adjustment that will bring back to center, I often read your poems. Thank you!

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 08, 2020:

Thanks for visiting Tory and for your kind comments - appreciated.

Tery Peta from Bulgaria on January 08, 2020:

This is so touching, but a bit heartbreaking at the same time. May Mother Nature be kind to us and give us a chance to improve. Looking forward to reading more of your beautiful poems in the future.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 08, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Rosina and I'm delighted you enjoyed the poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 08, 2020:

I'm so touched by your comments Ann which are greatly appreciated. So glad you enjoyed the poem and thank you for visiting.

Rosina S Khan on January 07, 2020:

Lorna, you mention all forms of fragility in your poem including fragile dreams, the fragile sounds of a haunting lament, the fragility of our existence, fragile hearts and fragile hope. It is interesting to discover all these facets of fragility in your poem. I am amazed at your skills, and you only get better writing every poem. Well-appreciated!

Ann Carr from SW England on January 07, 2020:

Absolutely beautiful, though poignant. It's true that we don't appreciate the fragility of our wonderful world. I like your words 'A paradox of strength and weakness'. It is a balance, like our environment, and we need to protect that weakness.

You have the gift of being able to choose combinations of words which suit perfectly that which you seek to convey. I'm in awe!


Lorna Lamon (author) on January 07, 2020:

Sadly this is so true Pamela and we can only hope our leaders wake up to the reality of the situation. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 07, 2020:

Lovely to see you John - Australia has not been far from my thoughts and I hope you are safe. Thank you for your kind comments and I look forward to reading your poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 07, 2020:

Thank you for visiting Umesh and I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 07, 2020:

Thank you for visiting Devika and for your kind comments which are appreciated.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2020:

Lorna, This poem really touched me as our world is not being cared for in a positive way. There is so much that could be done and it is a bit heartbreaking.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 07, 2020:

Lorna, this is so poignant with what is happening right now around the world. We desperately need to ask for mother nature’s forgiveness. Wonderful poetry. (Your requested poem about Homelessness at Christmas is in Poems From the Porch 17.)

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 07, 2020:

I liked the last line much. Mother nature ... will protect our fragile hope. Thanks.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 07, 2020:

This is beautiful and nature is a wonder of our lives

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 07, 2020:

This beautiful free flowing poetry and so rue about nature.

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