Lora Colon

Gold Star - 12,624 Points (26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)

A Life Of Longing - Poem by Lora Colon

My days are tormented by longing,
So many dreams life did not fulfill;
Longing for the love that never came,
(Yet the gallant heart is hopeful still)

I'm longing to foresee the future,
Just how long will my loneliness last?
Old memories offer no comfort,
So I'm longing to forget the past

I'm longing to know if God exists,
In my mind it still remains unclear;
Who shall I praise for nature's beauty?
Witnessing its wrath, whom shall I fear?

Few praise God in all circumstances,
The faithful pay homage without doubt;
But I'm perplexed by the suffering
Born of disease, war, famine, and drought

I'm torn between loving and hating
A God who cannot seem to decide
If wrath or mercy is deserving....
So both arrive, with hope on the side

I'm weary of this life of longing,
I seek my refuge in solitude;
Abandoning unanswered questions,
I ascend to spheres of quietude

But end of day finds my heart longing
That just one of life's schemes be revealed;
Fearing the reply, still it inquires:
Will love be mine? Or has my fate been sealed!

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life

Comments about A Life Of Longing by Lora Colon

  • Robert Murray Smith (9/8/2017 6:44:00 PM)

    Lorraine your poem of longing is so balanced and insightful. I think all your questions have been equistely answered in this poem.10

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  • (12/17/2016 11:57:00 PM)

    The thoughtful lines of poetry about the human woes so good. (Report) Reply

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (12/17/2016 7:09:00 AM)

    Lora, I discovered you through a very perceptive comment you made on one of Seamus O' B's poems, and here I find what I expcted - a sensitive and derply questioning poem. It would be nice to have coffee... (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/25/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    Rich in realism is this creative cry for success! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Lessard (6/8/2016 11:50:00 AM)

    How did this one escape me? Lovely, mysterious, probing questions that none can answer satisfactorily. Nice write Lora! (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2016 1:40:00 PM)

    keep longing for smile comes and go (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/21/2015 8:27:00 AM)

    So many dreams unfulfilled! But, there is still hope in life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (9/4/2015 12:12:00 PM)

    I long to know if God exists;
    In my mind it's still unclear
    Who to praise for nature's beauty,
    Through disaster, whom shall I fear? you are expressing a philosophical question. and naturally it goes on to the field of Theology. i like your questions about God. Doubt belongs to a life of faith. the fact that you ask questions means that you are in your struggle to find God. thank you very much
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  • Brian Johnston (1/5/2014 5:20:00 AM)

    In my opinion...

    Even after we have really touched love
    Even after we've felt it's embrace
    Even after we've truly known faith
    Felt disbelief disappear from space...
    Certainty's certainly a fool's game,
    True faith perhaps means we're not lazy
    Questions are the very air the soul breathes,
    Joy and pain are what make feelings feel,
    If our longing for God makes us crazy
    It's God's longing for us that's to blame.
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  • (11/4/2013 10:33:00 AM)

    A passionate, searching poem with some profound thinking in the mix. Life seemed filled with
    eternal search, as you have told us extremely well. Very stirring-10
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  • Savita Tyagi (9/9/2013 2:10:00 PM)

    Simply beautiful. Longing never ends and question remain unanswered yet in solitude we find peace so precious and often elusive. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (7/30/2013 11:19:00 PM)

    we long for so many things in life. love happiness peace and many others. a lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (7/26/2013 6:12:00 PM)

    so many thanks for writing this poem bcoz adjust with my circumstances.57 yrs of my life past n still longing for love n peace. so many questions of my life remains unanswered so many wishes r rremained umfulfilled.
    I'm tired of hoping and longing,
    I seek refuge in solitude;
    I abandon my unanswered
    questions, but my mind is still seeking for relief
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  • Khairul Ahsan (7/22/2013 12:54:00 AM)

    God showers His love and mercy on us, irrespective of whether we call Him or not. The disasters are the makings of humankind, while God watches from above the aberrations. I, for one, would not like to question the Wisdom of God in such circumstances, certainly God has His reasons. Sometimes, we are awakened by the adverse situations to see our follies and atone for our misdeeds. Our faith in Him gets redeemed under such circumstances. However,
    But I must question the dilemma
    Of the wars, the famine, the drought....is also a good step, because through questioning and deliberations you may find an acceptable answer to the doings of the nature that may appear weird.
    I'm tired of hoping and longing,
    I seek refuge in solitude;
    I abandon my unanswered questions,
    Ascending to spheres of quietude
    This stanza takes the reader with you in ascending the spheres of quietude. What a marvelous expression, really loved it. Thanks for sharing your solitude and longing with the readers
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  • Valerie Dohren (7/21/2013 1:14:00 PM)

    Excellent write Lora, very meaningful and thought-provoking. A great read. (Report) Reply

  • (7/20/2013 4:55:00 AM)

    so truly said, belief is also a dilemma as is faith. The destination is not known. But we must not stop our search for a purpose. To travel hopefully is better than to arrive to quote Sir James Jeans. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 15, 2017

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