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Valerie Dohren

Freshman - 1,525 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

Solid Ground


I built my house on solid ground
Convinced that it was safe and sound
Not thinking that the earth could move
But earthquakes happen just to prove
No ground can ever be secure -
My house fell down and is no more.

Beneath the surface, nothing's fixed
As with the rocks our fate is mixed
And everything can surely break -
There's nothing that the earth can't shake
No walls forever stay erect
And all that's joined can disconnect

Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Topic(s): Philosophy


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  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (9/29/2014 1:42:00 PM)

    Is this a tribute to the force of nature or is the house a metaphor for a relationship. Whichever it's a lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 537 Points Smoky Hoss (8/22/2014 9:19:00 AM)

    What a powerful poem, that speaks so true. You are exactly right Valerie. Very well said. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Sina Farajzadeh (7/31/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    Hi dear Valerie. I read your poem. Well, nothing in this world is absolute or certain. Everything is possible. And this poem is about an earthquake which proves me that things can change all of a sudden. (Especially if you really mean a physical one) Disasters are natural elements of life but they are unfortunately resulting in sadness. Anyway, thank you for your poem. By the way, I also have a poem titled The Earthquake which was based on a true experience. I'd be glad to know your ideas and comments. Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,284 Points Anthony Di''anno (7/27/2014 2:54:00 AM)

    The very reason why it is so important to live each moment as though it is your last.

    Very well written Val. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 78 Points Queeny Gona (7/25/2014 5:23:00 AM)

    House built on sand and house built on solid ground, anything can be shaken and rooted up if nature reciprocates to the damage done to her by human!

    Wise words ma'am (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,937 Points Hazel Durham (7/23/2014 8:44:00 AM)

    Fate is so unpredictable we never know when it's going to change everything that we are familiar with, we have to learn to come to terms with life's unexpected tragic events!
    A wise and wonderful write Val! (Report) Reply

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