The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life
by Carolyn Glackin
I called out to the cosmos
“Please tell me your answer true!”
“What is the meaning of life?!”
And I heard:
“YOU are, child! It’s YOU!”
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

*Image credit: Heatherlee Chan.


Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes

by Carolyn Glackin ☘

Oh when Irish eyes are smiling

Tisn’t a problem in sight

Danny Boy finally comes home

All wrongs are set to right

Oh when Irish eyes are smiling

There’s nary a cloud in the sky

Everyone’s dancing a jig

And the beer mugs never run dry

Oh when Irish eyes are smiling

You just can’t help but join in

There’s gaiety and laughter

And a lighthearted feeling within

Oh when Irish eyes are smiling

All the questions in life have answers

And wherever music is played

We turn into Riverdancers

And when my Irish eyes are smiling

It’s because I’ve got something to say

Just wanted to wish one and all

A Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner.



by Carolyn Glackin

I’ve forgotten who told me

That the world wasn’t good

But needless to say

They misunderstood

For here there is beauty

Untouched by man

All in accordance

With nature’s plan

Here there are blue skies

And rivers and seas

Flowers that bloom

Mountains and trees

There is rugged terrain

There are prairies and brooks

There are valleys and fjords

Unheard of in books

There are animals

Of all shapes and sizes

There are beautiful sunsets

And gorgeous sunrises

There are islands and jungles

Where ripened fruits grow

There are tundras and glaciers

Adorned with fresh snow

There are sun drenched deserts

Gladly cooled by the moon

There are star kissed skies

That make lovers swoon

There are caverns and caves

As well as moors and plains

And with all of this beauty

There’s no room for disdain

Our world is comprised of

Magic and mystery

As well as all kinds of people

Culture and history

This world is a blessing

It’s our gift to uphold

And we must care for it

As time has foretold

So please do not question

Whether the world is good

But instead ask yourself

If you’ve misunderstood.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner.

The Long Road Home

This is a song I wrote today.

The Long Road Home
by Carolyn Glackin
Oh for I am but a traveler
On the endless road back home
Ever long and ever winding
Many times I’ve felt alone

And my heart’s been caught in shadows
When I could not see the light
And I often lost my way
In the dark and lonely night

Yet I know now you’ve been with me
By my side through every mile
There were times you led the way
So that I could rest a while

And the road seems somehow shorter
And the end seems near in sight
When I know that you’re here with me
On this journey of my life

So I thank you very kindly
And I give my love to thee
For you have been my savior
You have helped me see

And the truth has been revealed
So I’ll tell everyone I know
We may walk an endless mile
But we never walk alone

So whenever you grow weary
And you fear this never ends
And the road is dark and empty
And you cannot find a friend

I beseech you to remember
‘Twas a promise set in stone
We come here to walk a while
But we never walk alone

When your lot in life is heavy
And when your sight grows dim
I pray that you’ll remember
You need only look within

For in your heart lies waiting
The promise we were shown
All the love that you’ve been seeking
All the happy times you’ve known

All the peace and all the solace
All the comfort you could need
Waits within for you to find it
Both in thought and word and deed

And the one who gave you life
Who fashioned you with love
Has never left your side
Since you came here from above

So my dear one please keep walking
You’ve got miles yet still to go
But you’ve got all you need within you
So keep walking on your road.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to Igor Shulman.

Flight of Fancy

This piece, which I’ve titled “Flight of Fancy,” comes from some figment of my imagination. I was in the mood to write something fun, using some colorful, lesser used words. I also used a touch of poetic license with the word ‘romancey,’ for the sake of rhyming consistency. Hey, a poet’s gotta do what a poet’s gotta do, you know?! 😉😆
Flight of Fancy
by Carolyn Glackin
A wild sojourner’s
Torrid affair
Led her to
A hapless truth
Her paramour,
Though debonair
Was shameless, feckless,
And uncouth
Her trust betrayed
Her travels delayed
A victim of
His tactless guile
She thought it best
To seek some rest
And cease her journey
For a while
A flight of fancy
Quite romancey
Led her to
A handsome gent
Said he: “Come with me,
There’s a world to see”
So she packed her bags
And off they went.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credit: “Flight of Fancy Queen,” by Ciro Marchetti.

The Lesson

The Lesson

by Carolyn Glackin

But soft!

Beneath the pale moonlight

Bequeathing us a silent night

Where stood a heavenly apparition

Come to render my soul’s perdition

There stood I, my heart affright

Seeking a way to make things right

Said I:

“Holy spectre, I beg a solution.

How do I earn thy absolution?”

Said she:

“This judgment ’tis not

Mine to render.

I merely represent thy sender.”

So then I had myself a query

All outcomes looking

Bleak and dreary

The fate of my soul, now undefined

I waxed and waned within my mind

At long last, I came to see

The judge and jury both were me

As I’m beholden to myself

I place my fate in no one else

No longer would I bend the knee

To some imagined deity

Who awaits me with hell’s fire

Nay, I seek a plane much higher

And so it was that on that night

My soul absolved, all set to right

And this decided verily

For I am sovereign, I am free

As to mine spectre, there she stood

Retreating from the gladed wood

The parting words she left with me:

“You had but simply to come to see

That fate was yours alone to make.

I am not here to give or take.

I leave you now in peace and bliss

But I beg of thee, remember this

Our Lord is not one of destruction

But one of love and reconstruction.

I pray thee may learn of this well

Lest ye make of life a living hell.”

And so I thanked her

For what she taught

This lesson had not been for naught

And from that day forth

This truth I’ve known

My life is mine, I am my own

And whence my life is done at last

I needn’t worry of a doleful past

For in each moment, I’m born anew

And only ‘now’ we count as true

Thus I’ll pass on to what awaits

The promise of those pearly gates.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner/artist.

Rapha El

Rapha El

by Carolyn Glackin

He is mighty, proud, and strong

And he’s been with me all along

For time eternal, just we two

A bond that nothing could undo

A noble knight upon a steed

An angel helping those in need

A heart of gold with open hands

But words fail to describe this man

He’s more than I could ever say

He fills my heart in every way

My full faith has always

Been in him

He is the one light

That never dims

So oft he carries a heavy load

And it seems he travels a bumpy road

His shoulders slumping

From the weight

Of bearing things

That are much too great

So when this world weighs him down

I hold him close so he won’t drown

And in the light born of my love

Once again, we rise above.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner/artist.

An Ode to the Written Word

An Ode to the Written Word

by Carolyn Glackin

Oh how I marveled

When first I heard

The beauty of

The written word

The way it lingered

On my tongue

This language of

The old and young

Every sonnet

Stole my heart

Each ballad

Led to tears

Free verse did

Inspire my muse

Now with me

Through the years

Limericks brought laughter

While haiku invited peace

And lyrics led to all manner

Of gladness and release

Words should not be worshipped

But in my heart they dwell

For they’ve led me into heaven

And saved me from my hell

So always I am grateful

For all that words can do

Let’s use them to inspire

Let’s keep them

Pure and true

For they can

Bridge the distance

From heart to heart

And land to land

Thus I truly do believe

They are a gift to man.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner.

Oh Harbinger!

Oh Harbinger!

by Carolyn Glackin

Oh harbinger!
I pray thee
Don’t bring us sorrow!
Don’t give us cause
To fear tomorrow
Hold thy tongue
And still thy lips
Hush them with
Thy fingertips
For hearts are such
A gentle thing
They break with ease
O’er everything
So send us prayers
Send us peace
Send us light
If you please
But keep thy darkness
Unto thee
We don’t deserve your misery
I pray thee harbinger
May you be well
May you be freed
From the grips of hell
For beneath your darkness
Lie feathery wings
Release them!
For such joy it brings
Let your spirit
Shine and soar
As you were meant to
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art credited to Aimee Stewart.

Hallowed Halls

For those who have an interest in ancient Egyptian mysticism.

I dance with the eternal

To the song that never ends

Yet what the heart and soul both know

The mind can’t comprehend

Down the Halls of the Amenti

Far beneath the River Nile

In the land of the undead

I have walked the mystic mile

I learned there with the ancients

And the Keeper of the Flame

The wisened one named Thoth

And the ones who have no name

To thine shall be the glory

Ever flowering in the night

So long I lingered there

Always searching for the light

Then the emerald words revealed

All the truths I longed to see

Thus I freed my soul from bondage

And placed the power back in me

No karmic wheel can spin me

For I’m a sovereign soul

Autonomous and self-governing

As long since has been foretold

And so my dance continues

Realm to realm, star to star

Swirling to the rhythm

Of the music in my heart.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Images credited to the rightful owner.