Nika McGuin

Gold Star - 7,393 Points (12/01/89 - present / Louisiana)

Soul Of Magnolias - Poem by Nika McGuin

I am from the land of sweeping magnolia trees
Wherein a sweet lemony scent coats the air
In early summer, the trees are polka-dotted
With grandiose white flower buds
Each satin petal unfolds a southern beauty
Gleaming in the humid Louisiana sunshine

As one born of magnolia land
My soul is likened to the trees of my homeland
Centuries old, with the inner voice
Of an ancient creole grandmother
Incessantly stirring her pot of gumbo

I can't possibly know
What the ever-widening soul
Of a banyan is like
Or how sweet natured
The sappy soul of a maple can be
I'll never understand the delicacy
Of the beloved sakura tree's soul
With its innumerable cherry blossoms
Spiraling downward to meet the earth

But I know well the buttercup yellow
Of a fresh okra blossom mid-spring
I'm also partial to the distended roots
Of cypress trees that wade deep in the bayou
And the spooky-looking Spanish moss
That hangs low swinging from the trees

My soul is a sub-tropical garden
Overrun with native flora
Their southern roots run deep
Down into the very core
Of my creole heart

Topic(s) of this poem: creole, flower, flowers, garden, home, identity, soul, souls


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Magnolia Grandiflora - Louisiana's State Flower (and my favorite)
This poem was about realizing how much where you're from makes you who you are. And though it may be interesting to learn about other places and ways of life, your connection to those things outside of yourself will never be like a person whose native to that area's natural understanding of them. For example, I think banyan trees are beautiful, but I know nothing about their importance in Hindu faith. I may think maple trees are cool but I'll never feel as truly connected to them as a Canadian person does. I may think sakura trees are the most beautiful but I'll never feel it in my soul the way a Japanese person does. On the contrary though, I feel at ease, familiar with, and connected to the trees and plants I've grown up being surrounded by. So the moral here is simply, "I can only be myself."

Comments about Soul Of Magnolias by Nika McGuin

  • Valsa George (5/8/2018 1:28:00 AM)

    My soul is a sub-tropical garden
    Overrun with native flora
    Their southern roots run deep
    Down into the very core
    Of my creole heart................................... Love these lines and can easily relate to this feeling! 10+++++++++++++
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  • Valsa George (5/8/2018 1:26:00 AM)

    This is such a lovely poem Nicka! We all carry in us a special fondness for the flora and fauna of the land which we address as our native soil. I too love Magnolia flowers! It is not quite common here, but I have admired its beauty when I happened to stay with my sister in the US. We have a different species that looks close to Magnolias. (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (4/29/2018 10:08:00 PM)

    Fantastic write. Liked the first stanza. It vividly portrays the attributes of magnolia.
    The beauty of the words used in this poem just pulled me to go through with the rest of the work.
    Beautifully crafted piece.10
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/27/2018 11:17:00 PM)

    Sweeping magnolia trees motivate mind and you are from this land. Soul is an amazing sub-tropical garden. This poem is completely motivational and wonderfully penned...10 (Report)Reply

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  • Perdita Young (4/27/2018 5:34:00 AM)

    I love the poem...Few poems depict flowers so well(in comparison with flowers from elsewhere) so and vividly like this one. Have added it to my Favorite. (Report)Reply

    Nika Mcguin(4/27/2018 10:41:00 PM)

    Thanks so much Perdita for your lovely remarks! ~

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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/26/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    can't possibly know
    What the ever-widening soul
    Of a banyan is like
    Or how sweet natured
    The sappy soul of a maple can be
    I'll never understand the delicacy
    Of the beloved sakura tree's soul
    With its innumerable cherry blossoms
    Spiraling downward to meet the earth... i could not but take your lines here..... soo wonderful and poetic dear. tony
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    Nika Mcguin(4/26/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    Thanks Tony! ~

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 26, 2018


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