A piece of the world fell today

in the form of an ink-black crow,

falling swiftly upon a city grate

its voice silenced forever.

Other pieces fall in the form of fire

supplanting summer’s eternal beauty,

fall in the form of cyclone bombs

unleashing ceaseless rain,

and then there are the countless lives lost

to war, famine and disease.

I walk in what’s left of this world

noting every spring flower and blossom

hoping they can stem the tide and heal

what might be forever lost.

A piece of the world fell today…

The Shard building never failed to shine, its beauty coloured our days in London, England no matter the weather!










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47 Responses to Shard

  1. michnavs says:

    Such a beautiful poem Kim. Our world has went through a lot over the years, yet, it kept on surviving and evolving making it more liveable for us. And i love how you emphasized on that idea of loving and appreciataing what’s left with the world. The bush fire in Australia recently turned out to be a blessing for in there we see the kindness and compassion of humanity at its best, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have been on lately too and we see beauty in the eyes of the survivors: the beauty of having to live through again and survive and the beauty of a new beginning.

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    • Your beautiful words warm my heart, Mich. I wanted to write a piece that captured how I’m feeling as I watch the news – you are so right, the bush fires in Australia broke my heart and each life lost to a virus that is moving through our world makes my breath catch, thank goodness for the love and kindness of others.

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  2. calmkate says:

    Mich is so right … our tragedies bring out the best in others! We will still support and care for each little bit that falls off 🙂

    Exquisitely expressed Kim, powerfully profound!

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  3. Don says:

    Just such a beautiful poetic expression. Very moving – thank you.

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  4. Wow Kimberlee. Such a powerful poem. The world is in a great state of flux. I hope for positive change. xx

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  5. Annika Perry says:

    Kim, an incredibly powerful and profound poem reflecting the uncertainty of the world today! It speaks directly to me, my emotions on what seems to be happening, deep sadness as another ‘… piece of the world fell today’. The light in th poem is the much needed hope that things can change. xx

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  6. Zothile Zulu says:

    This is beautiful. There’s something so powerful about “A piece of the world fell today”

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  7. markmkane says:

    I loved this Kimberlee. Even though I thoroughly enjoy your descriptive scenes of nature and your places of travel, your words of poetry are truly artful and thought provoking.

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  8. Miriam says:

    Your words are beautiful Kim, powerful and profound. At a time when the world is ravaged by fire, flood and virus we need to focus on the light and the love that we can share. You’ve done that beautifully here my friend. 💙

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  9. Jade M. Wong says:

    I love the lines about hoping the spring flowers and blossoms can stem the tide because it really shows the hope that can be found in even the more horrific of events. Sometimes, all it takes is one tiny, colorful reminder that there is beauty in this world, that there is something worth fighting for, something worth saving, to help us survive the horrors.

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  10. A heart-wrenching poem, Kim. Despairing and hopeful at the same time. I think we have to keep noticing beauty and light in order to overcome darkness. ❤

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  11. Luanne says:

    Oh, that is so sad! I hate to see buildings fall. lovely poem, too!

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    • Buildings indeed fall as our neck of the woods moves towards gentrification, we’re losing our hidden jewel status at a ferocious pace!
      I hope this note finds you well as we all navigate this new landscape post pandemic announcement…

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      • Luanne says:

        So sad.
        We are holding up over here. How about you?!

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      • I went out as a tourist yesterday afternoon to see how our grocery/drug stores were doing and came home feeling sad at the long line-ups and panic buying. Our city is rapidly cancelling events and large gatherings…the sun is shining and at the moment I’m sipping on a turmeric/ginger tea and trying to stay calm. Thank you so much for asking, how are you and yours doing?

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      • Luanne says:

        Same here. A friend found eggs at our local Costco and bought cartons for my daughter and for us since we couldn’t get them. No potatoes or onions or chicken or ground meat at the store either, but I had already bought a small bag of potatoes and bag of carrots. This is pretty crazy. Talked to a woman in the Phillipines today (she works in a call center), and it’s pretty much the same there.

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  12. Such a beautiful, moving poem. It is important to look for the beauty left in the world and focus on that in our times of darkness.

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  13. Olga says:

    Love the positive tone at the end, Kim. Yes, one must appreciate the little things in life that still remain and be grateful.

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  14. Robyn Haynes says:

    I loved this poem. so poignant. Words to heal my heart. What a mess we humans have made of this world.The world as we know it is changing. Your words reflect our growing gratitude for what matters. That is a positive change.

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  15. floweringink says:

    This takes my breath away. I am going to reblog it! It’s a beautiful and terrifying poem.

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  16. floweringink says:

    Reblogged this on Stories From the Edge of Blindness and commented:
    A beautiful and terrifying poem that takes the breath away.

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  17. What most resonated here was that in times of crisis and death when things fall apart we are reminded of the preciousness of the important things that can so often be passed by such as nature and intimate connections.. I hope this time acts as a wake up call to us, to appreciate what remains in the face of tragedy.. When you endure a death the starkness and value of a life becomes even more profound. your poem captured this.

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