Open, Release, Receive 

Open, Release, Receive

by Carolyn Glackin 

We can hold onto nothing in this life

Not our sorrow, not our anger

Not our joy, not our strife

Not our failures, or our successes 

Not our laughter, or our pain

Any attempts to hold on 

Are futile and in vain 

We can’t hold onto our gladness 

Nor to our tears

We can’t hold a single moment

And certainly not years

We can’t hold onto loved ones

If we want them to feel free

They deserve to be themselves 

Just as I deserve to be me

Love is not a prison 

It doesn’t restrict, nor does it bind

So when a love is true 

It’s freedom you will find

And perhaps you feel some fear 

And you’re wondering what to do

Just let everything go

The right ones will stay with you 

For love cannot be fear based 

It’s not about power or control

Your loved ones will remain

When they are free to come and go

And if ever there should come a time

When one chooses to depart 

I know it’s very painful

But it’s better for your heart 

Because don’t you want 

Your loved ones there

Because they choose to be?

If they’re there by force

The truth is that

Neither one of you are free

The control that you exert

In an attempt to keep them there

Has no happy gains, in fact, 

It fills both hearts with fear 

With open arms, gently let love in

And let it go, if it must go

The right ones will stay with you 

And when it’s right, you’ll know.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017.

Art credit: “The Caring Heart” by Meganne Forbes.


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