Valerie Dohren

Gold Star - 5,660 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

Solid Ground - Poem by Valerie Dohren

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

Topic(s) of this poem: Philosophy


Comments about Solid Ground by Valerie Dohren

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Sina Farajzadeh 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

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/26/2014 5:22:00 AM)

    There's nothing that the earth can't shake
    Profound truth. Anything can happen any time. One has to be always prepared. (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona 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

  • Dave Walker (7/23/2014 1:54:00 PM)

    Life has a way of taking the solid ground away from us.
    A great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham 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

  • K.c. Ford K.c. Ford (7/23/2014 6:05:00 AM)

    A cracker, Valerie. Enjoyed reading a solid poem (Report) Reply

  • John Brown John Brown (7/22/2014 8:59:00 AM)

    Well put my friend. A 'makes you think' kind of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/21/2014 6:20:00 PM)

    A poem that expresses eloquently the reality of loss not merely in the physical be in the relational and any other aspect of life. Well done my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/21/2014 6:16:00 PM)

    A very compelling and clever write my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine Diane Hine (7/21/2014 7:29:00 AM)

    Wise words, our houses are always in need of repair. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014



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