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The Timeless Sundial

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

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Nestled in the stillness of a forgotten glade

Serene amongst the wildflowers’ leafy bower

Where shadows mark the day on wings of night

Filled with secret movements of softened angles

An ancient sundial who speaks in silence


With peaceful strokes you move across the sky

As changing patterns brought to life in sunlight

Reflect the flitting shadow’s cloudless hours

Captured by the silence of your solitude

In tribute to the passing of the ages


Moments of sweetness softly linger in the air

In a sundial haze of gentle misty memories

Reflected in the echoes of lover’s secrets

Where time stood still within this circle of life

Caught up in tranquil sighs of remembrance


An eternal clock of the sun without a chime

Capturing the flow of our self-reflecting years

Like dancing shadows of the future and the past

Holding their breath as the silent hours advance

In an endless rush of waves meeting the shore


Dawn’s early rays surround your weathered dial

Catching each moment held in fleeting sunbeams

Suspended in the mystic echo of timeless whispers

Lingering in the morning dew of forgotten footprints

Where your gentle shadows fall silently behind me

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

Comments

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for your kind comments Sannyasi which I appreciate.

Sannyasi Raja from Durgapur, West Bengal, India on August 31, 2020:

Very nice composition

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 28, 2020:

Thank you for your kind and generous comments Umesh which I appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 28, 2020:

Excellent composition. Well presented.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 25, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Nithya which I appreciate.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 25, 2020:

Beautiful poem, loved the way you have described the aspects of a sundial.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 25, 2020:

Thank you for your supportive comments Prithviraj and for visiting. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on August 25, 2020:

Thanks a lot for writing such a beautiful poem on time. I am fond of Antiques. I enjoyed reading this poem on the sundial.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 25, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments which are always so supportive and greatly appreciated. Take care Farah and much love.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 24, 2020:

I am in an awe everytime I go through one of your poems. You style them with such grace and elegance. Unique masterpieces!

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 24, 2020:

I'm touched by your lovely comments Chitrangada, which mean a lot to me. Thank you for the visit and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 24, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poem, which gives a nostalgic feeling.

I am always amazed by your choice of words, and how you weave them effortlessly into a beautiful poem. Another worth appreciating part of this wonderful poem, is it’s title.

Well done and thank you for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 24, 2020:

Lovely to see you Chrish and I appreciate your lovely comments.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on August 24, 2020:

Lingering in the morning dew of forgotten footprints. This line

Beautiful LINES as always Ms Lorna.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 24, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Bambe - appreciated as always.

Bambe from Philippines on August 24, 2020:

Great piece. My time suddenly slows down as I imagine them line by line. Thank you, Lorna, for the magnificent poem as always.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 23, 2020:

I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem Brenda and I appreciate your lovely comments. Thank you for the visit.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 23, 2020:

Good to see you Nicholas and thank you for the lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

Nicholas W King from Tampa, FL on August 22, 2020:

Brilliant poem. Your use of imagery here evokes longing and the passage of time in concrete ways. Loved reading the poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 22, 2020:

Lorna,

You have created a masterpiece of words with this poetic one.

This desrcibes it perfectly.

Catching each moment held in fleeting sunbeams

Suspended in the mystic echo of timeless whispers

Have a great day.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 22, 2020:

I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem Denise and all it entailed. Your comments are always appreciated. Take care.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 22, 2020:

The rhythm really caught me like the slow ticking of a clock. Wonderful word pictures of forgotten footprints and the circle of life. This is so beautifully written.

Blessings,

Denise

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 22, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Devika and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 22, 2020:

A beautiful poem describing the Sundial You have given thought to this poem and I so enjoyed reading what is described in all tenses.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

Thank you for the generous comments Ankita and I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Peggy and thank you for the lovely comments,

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2020:

You captured so much of the past, present, and future in your magnificent poem about the timeless sundial. The word imagery that you conjured up makes my mind wander...Beautiful!

Ankita B on August 21, 2020:

The way you described a sundial is truly magnificent. I loved reading your poem as I always do.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

I am touched and humbled by your lovely comment Eric which is greatly appreciated. Thank you for the visit.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2020:

Sometimes a work of art leaves me speechless, I can pay no higher compliment so I will shut up.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Pamela. I love sundials and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. I always appreciate your visit - means a lot.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2020:

I love the way this poem speaks about time on a ancient sundial. Sundials are so interesting. I think your poem is very unique as it uses the sundial as a topic for this poem. This poem is beautiful, as yours always are Lorna.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

Enjoy your weekend Miebakagh.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 21, 2020:

Lorna, yes, both scientist and scientific mind persons are still musing around the sundial. Much to learn. We owe the ancient sages much thanks. Enjoy the weekend.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

Always good to see you John and I agree, if only they could talk, however, their silence speaks words. Thank you for the lovely comments which I appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Vandna and I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

I agree Miebakagh and there is much we can learn from the ancient sages. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments are always appreciated.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

Lovely to see you Rosina and I think this verse does capture the timeless attributes of the sundial. Thank you for your lovely comments and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 21, 2020:

I love these ancient relics and there is much we can learn from them. Your insightful comments have given me hope for a better future, and one where these old relics will still play a part. Thank you for the lovely comments Lora which I appreciate.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 21, 2020:

I agreed. It is a wonderful poem.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 21, 2020:

Sundials enthral me, Lorna, and this poem doesn’t disappoint. A wonderful way of tracking time, and if a sundial could talk imagine the memories it could convey. Great work as always.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on August 20, 2020:

Lorna Ma'am, you have amazingly woven time. Beautiful poem. Loved it

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 20, 2020:

Lorna, the ancient sages who whose sundials rival our clocks are no fools. Precision in time missed by the sundial is just in seconds.

Rosina S Khan on August 20, 2020:

Lorna, the sundial is an exquisite way of telling time. The enigma it upholds and what and how it functions is truly remarkable. My favorite lines are the following:

With peaceful strokes you move across the sky

As changing patterns brought to life in sunlight

Reflect the flitting shadow’s cloudless hours

Captured by the silence of your solitude

In tribute to the passing of the ages

Loved this poem very much. Thank you for your upbeat contribution.

Lora Hollings on August 20, 2020:

This poem is so beautiful, Lorna! I love the way that you weave the past, present and future together as this ancient method of telling time stands as a witness to so many precious moments in the lives of others now past and those who now reflect upon their future. I saw images from once great empires and modern cities existing alongside these ancient time keepers. They are testaments to mankind’s ingenuity and, hopefully, they will witness a better future for all as they continue to inspire such poetry as yours.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 20, 2020:

I love the idea of telling time in this way. There is something so endearing about the sundial and everything it represents. Thank you for the lovely comments and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Ann.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 20, 2020:

I love these old treasures of ages past, and I'm glad the poem took you through the different dimensions. Thank you for your insightful comments Liz which were spot on.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 20, 2020:

I remember coming across an old sundial in a graveyard of all places. They fascinate me, and I think they create their own history.I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Louise. Thank you for the kind comments

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 20, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed this poem Ivana and thank you for the lovely comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 20, 2020:

It's good to see you Jusmi and thank you for the lovely comments.

Jusmi Saikia from Bangalore, India on August 20, 2020:

Such a beautiful poem.. awestruck !!

Ivana Divac from Serbia on August 20, 2020:

As always, sublime. I really enjoyed this poem.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 20, 2020:

That's a lovely poem, Lorna. We have 1 of them sundials in the local park in my town.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 20, 2020:

You have teased out the meaning and associations of a sundial on different levels in this poem.

It's like a detailed snapshot in more than one dimension. The reader can peel back the layers of meaning to discover a lot about the sundial.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 20, 2020:

Wow! You've captured the history and mystical sides of the sundial. It's certainly evocative of times gone by. Superb poetry as ever, Lorna.

This also reminds me of a children's story called 'Moondial', an interesting interpretation of a sundial!

Ann