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Letting Go

Sleepless under a foreign sky,

Not knowing, or really caring why -

I wandered in the morning light,

While the day was slowly waking up the night.

I saw a field, long and wide-

One lone tree grew, on the other side…

A misshapen tree, twisted and bare,

‘Twas odd to see, I had to stare..

I approached it, sunshine began too spill

gently, over the grassy hill

As I grew nearer, nearer grew the light

I stood stone still, and drew my breath with fright. ,

In it’s younger days it had been bound

With chains that were still tight around,

A revelation…I realised…

This old tree had compromised.

It struck me, like a bolt out of the blue

Suddenly, I knew what I must do.

I had blamed others, for my strife,

When it was me … wasting my own life.

I had wandered the earth and sailed the sea,

Intent on revenge, I forgot about me !

Chains were binding my own soul,

Erasing the past had been my goal…

Past scars would never disappear

These chains would always, always be here!

Around them is the only way to grow,

At last the time had come, for letting go.

that same day, I headed home,

I no longer wanted to travel alone-

I was welcomed, just like the prodigal son,

Just like that … healing had begun.

Near the gates of home there grew a tree

I Bound it with chains, as tight as could be…

So that I could watch it grow,

And always remember the power…of letting go.

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  • AlexMac
    AlexMacabout 6 years ago

    brilliant work

  • Thanks beautiful:)

    – Melissa Park

  • LeviMoore
    LeviMooreabout 6 years ago


  • :) Thanks

    – Melissa Park

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 6 years ago

    Excellent work, feel sorry for the second tree though. I think this sums up just how difficult letting is. Well done.

  • Thanks so much!

    – Melissa Park

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 6 years ago

    Your words brought tears to my eyes….. I read them coupled with Levi’s beautiful picture, and the symbolism and power of this lesson moved me deeply. YOU have a gift indeed to bring such a message to remind us all to “let go”……

  • devotee1
    devotee1about 6 years ago

    Excellent work, Melissa! And a good reminder for all. What was done cannot the changed. Why add to tragedy by allowing the past to leach into the present, and thus destroy any hope for a brighter future?

  • Thankyou! so glad that you like it:)

    – Melissa Park

  • Katagram
    Katagramabout 6 years ago are AMAZING with your words..beautiful poem, beautiful photo..congrats to both of you..what a collaboration !!!

  • Thankyou!!

    – Melissa Park

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneabout 6 years ago

    A truly revealing piece of writing … awesome work!

  • Thankyou!!

    – Melissa Park

  • udonchow
    udonchowabout 6 years ago

    Thank you for such a beautiful awesome piece of writing, you had me hooked! :D

  • Thankyou!!

    – Melissa Park

  • Steve Farr
    Steve Farrover 4 years ago

    You’re so talented, Melissa!!! :-)

  • Thanksxxxxxx

    – Melissa Park

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 3 years ago

    this is so moving, so full of wisdom, so much about forgiveness…much needed to hear and remember, beautifully scripted xx

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