Our Tragic Legacy

Updated on August 28, 2019
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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

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      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        13 days ago

        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.

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        JC Scull 

        2 weeks ago from Gainesville, Florida

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

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        Lorna Lamon 

        4 weeks ago

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

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        Mohammad Durrani 

        4 weeks ago from Surrey, B.C., Canada

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

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        6 weeks ago

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

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        Isykariman 

        6 weeks ago from Indonesia, Jakarta, and Japan, Osaka

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

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        6 weeks ago

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

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        Shing Araya 

        6 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

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

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        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.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        Thank you Brenda, I appreciate your kind comments.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

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

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        7 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Lorna,

        This is a great piece of work.

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

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        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.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        Thank you for visiting Dana and for your kind comments.

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        Linda Crampton 

        7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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.

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        Dana Tate 

        7 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

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

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

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

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        Tory Petkova 

        7 weeks ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

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

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

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

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        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.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        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.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

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

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

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

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        Nithya Venkat 

        7 weeks ago from Dubai

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

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        John Hansen 

        7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Lora Hollings 

        7 weeks ago

        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."

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        Mary Norton 

        7 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        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.

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        Fredrick Vanek 

        7 weeks ago from New York

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

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        Kathy Henderson 

        7 weeks ago from Pa

        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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