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Our Tragic Legacy

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


Protecting the earth with your majestic canopy

A source of life for the many varied species

Reliant on your abundant generosity

Creating a landscape of biological diversity

Encompassing the world with the gift of life

A silent benefactor who never made demands

Like proud sentries, you stored the carbon on our behalf

Regulating the climate in your unobtrusive way

Sustaining the many tribes held within your embrace

The poorest of the world who never took for granted

Their sacred duty to protect a loving friend who had no voice

As they watched your blackened branches shed a final tear

Tendrils of smoke cover your nakedness like a shroud

Choking the wisdom that you graciously bestowed

On those who did not appreciate the importance

Of your existence, so tragically entwined with their own

Your charred remains release a final sigh of deep regret

As your spirit stretches upwards, joining the stars in mourning

© 2019 Lorna Lamon


Lorna Lamon (author) on February 29, 2020:

Thank you Peggy and I truly hope that this will be the case. Your comments are so generous and always appreciated.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 29, 2020:

The fact that people are still destroying parts of the rain forest will adversely affect everyone on our planet. Your poem so beautifully addresses this subject. Let's hope that the people responsible for doing it will become educated and cease doing it...and soon!

Lorna Lamon (author) on January 31, 2020:

It is tragic Denise, however, if the world would get its act together then we may be able to tackle the issues. We have to do something now so that our kids will have a future. I appreciate your comments.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 31, 2020:

The fires and the burning of so much natural habitat have been so devastating and depressing. The loss is inestimable. Why can't we do better? We should know better by now.



Lorna Lamon (author) on October 24, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comments Suchismita and for visiting.

Suchismita Pradhan from India on October 24, 2019:

Wonderful framing of thoughts your words touches the soul.keep writing .

Lorna Lamon (author) on October 08, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comments JC. It would be wonderful if President Bolsonaro did read this poem, however, I think those who are motivated by greed would choose to ignore its meaning.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on October 07, 2019:

Beautiful poem Lorna. I wish President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil would read it.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 22, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comments Mohammad. The destruction of the Rainforest breaks my heart.

Mo Durrani from Surrey, B.C., Canada on September 22, 2019:

Beautiful, and as usual naked emotion and honesty touches hearts wherever it goes

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 08, 2019:

Thank you for commenting Isykariman and I am glad the poem is sending this message.

Isykariman Biridlwanillah from Indonesia, Jakarta, and Japan, Osaka on September 08, 2019:

This poem is great, give the fact about humans are.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 03, 2019:

Hi Sunshine - It is tragic and I am so glad you read the piece. Thank you for commenting.

Shing Araya from Cebu, Philippines on September 03, 2019:

I loved it. I am so sad to hear about the incident yet, I am glad to read this piece.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 31, 2019:

Thanks for commenting Liz. It's such a tragedy and we feel so powerless simply watching. I hope this poem draws awareness to the plight of the Rainforest.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 31, 2019:

Thank you Brenda, I appreciate your kind comments.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 31, 2019:

This is a well-written and thought-provoking poem, especially in the light of the Amazon fires.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 31, 2019:


This is a great piece of work.

I love the last part, As your spirit stretches upwards, joining the stars in mourning.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 30, 2019:

I have always felt that words are our most powerful weapon, and if used wisely can do a lot of good. Thank you for commenting Linda and I truly hope this heartbreaking tragedy will end soon.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 30, 2019:

Thank you for visiting Dana and for your kind comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 29, 2019:

This is a beautiful poem that expresses the tragedy of the current situation very well. I'm glad that you created it and hope it raises awareness of the problem.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on August 29, 2019:

It is a tragedy that some do not appreciate this beautiful planet we are stewards of. Beautiful poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comments Tory. I agree, unfortunately people realize this when it's too late.

Tery Peta from Bulgaria on August 29, 2019:

So beautifully written and really sad. We need to know that when we go against nature, we go against ourselves. Thank you for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Thank you so much for your kind comments Pamela. Sometimes we feel so powerless against situations such as the destruction of the Rainforest due to corruption and greed. We will all suffer the effects of this madness and I hope this poem highlights this plight. I always appreciate your input Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2019:

This poem has a sad message, but it is beautifully written. i thought "how talented Lorna is" while reading it. Beautiful poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Thank you for commenting Nithya and for appreciating the message in the poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comments John and I hope in some small way this poem will highlight the plight of such an incredible treasure. It really breaks my heart.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Hi Lora, It's so sad that the most important places in the world are left in the hands of those whose greed leads them to destroy the very thing that is sustaining life. I have always been drawn to trees and even as a child would sit among their branches, so this needless and thoughtless destruction rests heavily on me. Thank you for your comments which I always appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Thank you for commenting Mary - I feel very strongly about this situation which will ultimately affect us all, and I hope by writing this poem it will shine a light on the importance of preserving these amazing places.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

I'm so glad you appreciated the poem Fredrick and thank you for your kind comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 29, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comments Kathy, I appreciate it.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 28, 2019:

A great poem with an important message for everyone. We should save the trees and preserve forests for our future generations.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 28, 2019:

What a wonderful but heart-breaking poem, Lorna. The Amazon situation makes me ashamed to be a human, if this is what others of our kind can resort to. A real tragedy being committed on one of the true natural wonders of the world.

Lora Hollings on August 28, 2019:

A poem, Lorna, expressing profound feelings of sadness about mankind’s uncaring attitude about the real treasures on our earth! Sadly, we will wake up probably too late, if its not already. The Amazon plays such a pivotal role in absorbing CO2 and keeping global temps from increasing to a level that life becomes unsustainable on our planet. And all of its great diversity of species both plant and animal, and the home of many humans as well is going up in smoke! What a legacy we’re leaving behind- one of greed, stupidity, and having no concern about our dismal future! I loved these lines in your poem that eloquently describe this tragedy, "On those who did not appreciate the importance Of your existence, so tragically entwined with their own."

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 28, 2019:

Lorna, I am glad that you wrote this. Often, we take for granted what we have around us and what Nature offers. It is sad.

Fredrick Vanek from New York on August 28, 2019:

That is beautiful, poignant, and tragic. This should be required reading for all. (Though I dislike the concept of 'required reading')

Kathy Henderson from Pa on August 28, 2019:

Simply beautiful imagery, we need to care much more about our carbon footprint. Now, that is like a stomp of Bigfoot. :(

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