Love Yourself First

So, today is the big day, and I wanted to say a few words about it. First off, I’m a huge fan of love, but I’m not a terribly huge fan of Hallmark holidays, nor am I crazy about the concept of only celebrating love one day per year. Love is humongous, monumental and gigantic. It’s meant to be an ongoing, daily celebration every single day of our lives; although, even that wouldn’t be enough to properly sing its praises.
With that said, I’d also like to clarify that I’m not referring only to romantic love, but rather love in all of its many forms and manifestations. All are worth celebrating and being mindful of.
Perhaps first and foremost though, is the love of/for one’s own self. This is the love that sets the precedence for all the other types of love that we give and receive; therefore, it’s imperative that we cultivate a deep and abiding love and respect for our own self.
Beyond that, I wanted to add that Valentine’s Day need not be a day of misery and disdain for those who find themselves currently unattached. Make it your day instead. Go out and celebrate YOU. Celebrate the strides and efforts you’ve made to come to a place of personal peace and self-acceptance; because for many of you, it’s been an uphill battle.
ALL of us, each and every last one, are worthy. ALL of us are deserving of love. ALL of us are important, sacred, holy, divine beings. So, please don’t accept a love that values you any less than that. It isn’t worth your time, and it is not better than being alone. Besides, you aren’t alone. You have YOU. And while you’re waiting for that special someone to come along, you can spend some quality time with yourself. You can focus on any inner healing that needs to be addressed and resolved; because the healthier you are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually the healthier your ‘Mr. or Ms. Right’ will be.
On that note, I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! May the love that you are be made manifest in all that you think, all that you speak, and all that you do. Most of all, may you remember to give that love first and foremost to you! When our own cup is full, we are then able to pour for others.
Blessings,
Carolyn Glackin

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

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Love in the Wild

Love in the Wild
by Carolyn Glackin
Nature can be harsh
Cruel, cold, calculating
But there is love in the wild
Sometimes strong and fierce
Sometimes meek and mild
I have witnessed it
Among lions in the morning sun
And I’ve witnessed it among bears
When the day is done
I’ve seen it among birds
Way up in the trees
I’ve seen it blossom among butterflies
Cavorting in the breeze
Yes, even in the wild, there is love
Perhaps a truer form
As it has no pretenses,
No ulterior motives,
And it wears no masks
It simply gives, it doesn’t take
And it has nothing to ask
It is intrinsic in nature
Existing in its purest form
Witnessed among creatures
Both great and small
And those that crawl, walk, or swarm
I think there’s much to be learned
From a love like this
It’s graceful, it’s divine, it simply is
So I will watch my feathered friends
And I’ll study every furry beast
And it won’t be a waste of time
Because if I don’t learn a single other thing
I’ll learn of love, at the very least.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Art credit: Josephine Wall.

My Love and I

*Dedicated to my love so true with the eyes of blue.

My Love and I
by Carolyn Glackin
My love and I have escaped to another world
Don’t look for us here for we are gone
We are off someplace where time stands still so we can be forever young in each other’s arms
We’ve gone somewhere that is quiet and peaceful and there are no interruptions
We can’t be bothered there so don’t try to reach us
So caught up in the music of our hearts are we that we won’t hear you
So enraptured by the adoring look in each other’s eyes are we, that we can see nothing else
So blissful in our union are we, that we cannot be separated
Here, we are dancing with the Divine,
Basking in the Beloved,
Enveloped in the Eternal
So, although we will dearly miss you
I think you understand.
Goodbye!
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to the rightful owner.

Beloved

Blessed
by Carolyn Glackin
Beloved, I have loved you
Far beyond what I thought
One heart could give
And truly, it’s for you
That I’m here, that I live
I am but a mere
Specter of the Light
Existing in this chaos
Burning forever bright
And from the
Earthen shackles
I’m long since freed
I come here not
Through karma
But rather,
I’m born out of need
For I have heard
Your children’s cries
So deep within my heart
And I won’t let them go unanswered
So I come to do my part
And it’s my great joy
To come to this place through you
To anchor love in this dimension
And embody it too
To serve all of humankind
In the name of the Light
To make sure no one walks alone
On their darkest night
To remind your children
How dearly we are loved
For we are miracles enfleshed
Who hail from up above
And it’s my sacred duty
And solemn vow
To witness you in them always
In the eternal moment of now
Beloved, thank you! Thank you!
Truly, we are blessed
To come here in your name
That we might come to know you best
For there is so much good
Here on this Earth
There is laughter, there is music
There is life and rebirth
There are the unending glories
That dear Gaia bestows
And the sacred mysteries
That only heaven knows
There’s the hope that lives on
In the heart of man
There’s the faith that sustains us
That we might uphold your plan
There are vexations aplenty
But to those, I give my attention not
And instead I live in gratitude
For all that is, for all I’ve got
There’s kinship of spirit
That alights in the hearts
Of those who remember
And are here to do their part
There are blessings of all manner
And miracles abound too
When we set our sights on your glory
And choose to see only you
And so, ’tis for these reasons
That my heart sings your name
And I offer you praise
Until the end of my days
Beloved, I humbly ask of you
The following things
Let me see through your eyes
Let me love through your heart
Let mine be the same song
Your spirit sings
Let me uphold goodness
Let me teach only love
And whenever I fall
Let me rise above
May I see your reflection
In all that lives
Let mine be a heart
That always loves and forgives
May I be ever humble, grateful and kind
And most of all, may I bear in mind
That every moment spent here
From the time of our birth
We’ve been the blessed
And the blessing
Upon this Earth.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

*Art credit: “Gratitude,” by Tamara Phillips via Etsy.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/259952042/gratitude-watercolour-85-x-11-print-of

Cosmic Recollections

Cosmic Recollections
by Carolyn Glackin
She was a soul
That belonged to the sky
But in case you don’t know her
I’ll tell you just why
See, the clouds left her breathless
The stars made her swoon
And she was dually in love
With the sun and the moon
One warmed her by day
And one cooled her by night
A harmonious union
Of both darkness and light
The sight of the cosmos
Was a whole other thing
At the very first glance
It made her heart sing
As memories of lifetimes
In other worlds
Flooded her mind
In endless swirls
An Andromedan princess
A fairy queen
A Lemurian mermaid
Oh the beauty she’d seen!
An ancient Druid
So wise in the ways
Of the sacred knowledge
With which she was raised
A Pleiadian priestess
Whose reign was supreme
A Sirian songstress
With a voice so serene
Her real home, though
Was not here or there
But rather all over
In fact, everywhere
When not in a body
She existed as light
And it was in that way
That she felt just right
In the heart of creation
Surrounded by love
Which she extended outward
Both below and above
And one day she knew
The purpose of her birth
She’d come to do that
Right here, on Earth.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Art credit: Josephine Wall.

The Invitation

The Invitation

by Carolyn Glackin

Dearest, I have loved you

Well beyond the confines of time

With a heart far bigger than my own

With songs of praise

And endless rhymes

With prayers of devotion

I’ve spoken your sacred name

As I sang you into existence

Here with me, on this earthly plane

Thus we are now immortal

Eternal in our love

We exist outside of human law

In a holy place above

And nothing here can touch us

For all here is but a dream

And I have loved us whole

We’re more real than we may seem

Impervious to duality

Karma no longer scathes us

For the song that sings us here

When sung, is the one that saves us

Though darkness may surround us

No longer can it seep in

In our heart, there lies a fortress

That sustains the light within

And my love is reflected outward

In hopes that all will know

The softness of its touch

As I hold them in its glow

And my heart song calls out to them

“Remember why you came”

“Listen, and remember ”

“I’m calling you by name”

I know not all will hear it

But there are those that will

And they’ll waken from their slumber

And give up all their pills

Life will be brand new

As their mind is now set free

Their hearts are cleansed of sorrow

Their eyes can truly see

Each time that it happens

There’s rejoicing up above

And reunions with the soul

Who at last, returned to love

For whether here or there

No matter how far apart

We all remain as one

When joined within our heart

And I am but an essence

Housed within this skin

Here to do my part

That you might truly live again

No mortal coil doth chain me

To this world of ours

I exist beyond this realm

In the cosmos with the stars

But your cries have touched my heart

So I’ve come back to this place

To love this world whole

To free the human race

To release the veils that blind you

That you might see your holy light

Thus bringing to an end

The soul’s darkest night

The time is now upon us

We’ve paid our dues in full

Please listen for my song

It’s calling to your soul

You’re grander than you know

And far wiser than you think

A miracle enfleshed

Now standing at the brink

For now the time is nigh

Lo! Verily, I say

There are choices to be made

Awaiting us this day

So I’m holding out my hand

And I’m singing to your heart

I’m asking you to join me

In the thoughts that I impart

I hold a space of love

For all to enter in

Remember now my loves!

Through us, a new world begins

I’m the song that keeps on singing

I’m the song that has no end

I sing my song for you

Come sing with me dear friend!

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art by Josephine Wall.

Gypsy

Gypsy

by Carolyn Glackin

Oh rogue!

Oh gypsy!

With your vagabond ways

You, the wayfarer

Of bygone days

I admire your freedom

All your tethers untied

Just a lone rolling stone

Along for the ride

Constantly dancing

From one dream to another

The sky, your father

The Earth, your mother

The night, your companion

All the world, your stage

Oh beautiful nomad

Please teach me your ways!

And I wonder if I could

Dream with you perchance?

Surely our meeting

Is not happenstance?

For it seems that through you

I have so much to learn

Your carefree ways

I must discern

Oh rogue!

Oh gypsy!

Don’t leave too soon!

Please meet me once more

In the light of the moon.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image found on Pinterest and is credited to the rightful artist.

Lover or Loved?

Lover or Loved?

by Carolyn Glackin

If I am the lover

Who is the loved?

And likewise, if I am the loved

Who then, is the lover?

And what steps do I take

To safeguard and maintain

Either of those situations?

What comfort lies in expecting

Those roles never to expire?

None I say…

Only heartache and vexations

I am not a jailer

Thus, no one is beholden to me

Nor will I be kept beyond my time

So, I choose not the role of the loved

Nor that of the lover

For either might meet their end

Instead, I simply choose to BE love

I choose to step forth

As a vessel for its embodiment

And in that way,

I remain constant and eternal

For love asks naught of itself

Nor does it place requirements

Or expectations on anyone

All are invited to be free

And I, too, am free

Neither loved, nor lover, but love

Which embraces all, and has no end.

Blessings,

Carolyn Glackin

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Beautiful art by Zeng Hao.

Mother Nature’s Majesty

Mother Nature’s Majesty
by Carolyn Glackin
Mother Nature’s majesty
Delights our grateful eyes
With flowers in full bloom
And starry nighttime skies
Mountains in the mist
Are rooted in my heart
Telling stories to my soul
Long after we must part
The endless blue of oceans
The deep greens of the wild
Spark my imagination
With the innocence of a child
And I don’t suppose I’ve mentioned
How I dearly love the trees
The wise ones of the woods
Who live their lives at ease
The forest is my temple
And my soul lives in the moors
Oh how I’ve given thanks
For all this beauty, mine and yours
I shall be forever humbled
And grateful through all my years
For every gift from Mother Nature
I thank her with my tears
Simple words are not enough
For the splendor of which I speak
So I sit in sacred silence
And water the Earth as I weep.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to Everild Wolfden via DeviantART.

Room for Rent

As a writer, I read, write, and participate on four different social media forums on a regular basis. As an empath, that can be quite harrowing without taking proper precautions. I have to be very discerning when deciding whose work I should read, as well as whose is best avoided. The following piece called “Room for Rent,” tells a tale of what it’s like for me to read the words of other’s; because I don’t just read them, in many cases, it’s as if I swim in them.
Blessings,
Carolyn Glackin

Room for Rent
by Carolyn Glackin
Did I ever tell you
That while reading your words
I take a deep breath of air
Before the first word is heard?
Or that I have to tread water
So that I don’t drown
Cause I’m always at risk
Of each word pulling me down?
And that every time
It’s either sink or swim
Because I get so entranced
By the words of your hymn?
They lull me away
From safety to danger
Like a sad lullaby
Overheard by a stranger
Hypnotic and lovely
Addictive laments
Which hold me in place
With fictitious cement
I become paralyzed
From head to toe
Swept away by the current
Of your diaphanous flow
As I weep tears of saline
And after a while
I find that I’m dumbstruck
A fool with a smile
Your spirit calls to me
Through the words
That you write
They plague me by day
And haunt me by night
I’m struggling like mad
Trying to break free
From the hypnotic litany
Of your soliloquy
See I know all about
The sorrows you grieve
Because I feel them through you
And I can hardly breathe
I just can’t understand
How such a luminous soul
Has gotten caught up
In such a tale of woe
I wish I could help you
I’d set your soul free
So you could shine
Like the diamond
You were meant to be
But my hands are tied
I simply can’t intervene
I can only look on
While you’re asleep
In the dream
Horror and terror
Love and then loss
Hang around my neck
Like an albatross
As my mind comprehends
What it sees through you
While you lie in the wreckage
Of all you once knew
As you struggle and fight
With little will to survive
You’re up on a stake
Your words burn you alive
You’re fire, I’m water
So in truth, you can’t harm me
But I gotta tell you
Your words sure do alarm me!
And I can’t help but wonder
About the child you were
A mere shell of yourself now
What happened to her???
Violated, tortured
Hounded on end
No heroes in sight
At a loss for a friend
But despite all these horrors
There’s something I’ve seen
Deep down in your words
Lies something serene
In you, there’s such wisdom
There’s love, and there’s beauty
And I’m starting to wonder
If I’ve been tasked with a duty
You see, I’ve beared witness
To all you’ve endured
Yeah, I caught it all
Every last word
And I’m here to tell you
You made it! You lived!
Despite all, you survived!
So why not forgive?
Move on from the graveyard
Of your verbose laments
And put up a sign there
‘Room for rent.’
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to Dmitri Laudin.