Nika McGuin

Bronze Star - 2,948 Points (12/01/89 - present / Louisiana)

Firewood - Poem by Nika McGuin

It can be
saddening,
to lose
a leaf, a stem -
a branch -
from the tree
of your heart.

What does not bear fruit
is in turn, doing harm:
Weighing on the tree
sapping it of nourishment
twisting its thick bark into gnarls
causing the tree to lean in pain.

Yes, it can be painful to lose a limb.
Still, much liberation comes from loss.
Unburdened, the tree can stretch forth into the sky
expanding, flourishing, bearing more fruit than ever before.

Letting go of that which no longer serves a purpose
the heart will feel lighter, and will have more love to give.
love, that wont be wasted, or unappreciated, or unreciprocated.

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship, letting go, life, loss, love, tree


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is an experience that I've been coming to terms with lately. Just because someone has always been an important part of our life doesn't mean that they always will be. Sometimes the terms shift in relationships and they no longer are beneficial for both people. In my case I found myself giving, giving, and giving - but never receiving. This person is family, and like a sister to me so letting go of that relationship has been a long process. It's also been one of the most difficult. Still, in the end it feels good to let go. I'll always care about her to an extent, but she's no longer a vital part of my life. That's something I had to accept and let go of.

Comments about Firewood by Nika McGuin

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/10/2017 11:26:00 AM)


    As one celebrates achievements one has to be ready to bear the loss too. That is life. Giving and forgiving should be our motto. Very nice poem. Liked it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017



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