A Tale as Old as Time 

 A Tale as Old as Time 

by Carolyn Glackin 

There’s a magical moment 

That happens each day

When the sun’s coming up

As the moon fades away

And within that moment 

Any dream can be real 

If you simply believe 

And you let yourself feel

Through the sands of time 

Just beyond the veil

Lies an ancient forest

With a timeworn trail

And if you’re ready and willing 

It’ll lead the way 

To the dream that dwells 

In your heart on that day

Oh it’s been attempted 

By lesser men

Who simply gave up

Time and again 

For they just couldn’t fathom 

That their dream might come true

So they turned back around 

Without further ado 

But my friends, there is one man

Of whom I’ve heard tell

With the favor of heaven 

And the fury of hell

He was strong, he was mighty, 

Kind and loving as well

The renowned archangel, Rapha El

Now, Rapha had been 

Assigned here on Earth 

And he felt that this world 

Was more trouble than it’s worth 

He longed to be back 

In the heavens above 

In his one true home 

With the woman he loved 

But little did he know

She’d devised a plan

For a life here on Earth 

For the sake of her man

The details are lengthy

So we’ll leave that aside 

And continue the tale

Of the angel and his bride

So, before he departed 

The woman he’d miss 

Stared deep in his eyes 

And said something like this:

“When you feel lost, sad, and alone, find a memento that reminds you of home. Keep your thoughts on the stars, to your heart, be true; and I promise, my love, I’ll be right there with you.” 

Years later, in a forest

While pondering this,

As he thought of her voice

And he yearned for her kiss

It was right at that moment 

When moon turns to sun

That Rapha was tested 

On the lessons of love 

His feelings were strong

And His heart was true 

Yet he longed for his love

Oh what should he do?

He could go on without her

For years on end

Or abandon the world 

He’d sworn to defend

The green of her eyes 

A sky filled with stars 

Two simple pleasures 

His favorites by far

And as he thought of them

His anxious mind cleared 

And out of the darkness 

An old trail appeared

He was shocked for a moment 

As he recalled an old tale

Of an ancient forest 

And a timeworn trail

Where at just the right moment 

Your dream could come true

If you simply believed

It could happen to you

Then a voice from the heavens 

That only he could hear

Delivered a message 

And his mission was clear: 

‘Look for the girl

With green stars in her eyes, 

For she is the home 

That you seek in the skies.’

So Rapha stepped forth

On that fate filled day

And entered the trail 

Without further delay

He travelled through darkness 

He travelled through pain

He travelled through fear, 

Contempt and disdain 

For years this went on

Day by day, night by night 

And though tired and worn

He refused to lose sight

Of the love in his heart

That would lead him back home 

If he’d only remember 

What he’d always known

Finally, one day 

The trail reached a dead end

Rapha thought he’d been duped

And he couldn’t comprehend 

The point of a journey

That ended like this 

When he’d hoped that it’d end

With a reunion and bliss

He sat for a while 

To decide what to do

He looked to the sky 

So beautiful and blue

Night soon came 

And he looked to the stars

And heard “Rapha, my love

I’m never far…”

In his mind, there she lived

In his heart, there she breathed 

In his soul, there she dwelled

And now, no longer aggrieved 

Rapha stood to head home 

This lesson, now learned 

The truth and the beauty 

In his memory burned 

As he rose to get up

And he turned around 

All of the sudden 

Without a sound

He found himself home

Asleep in his bed 

And assumed that the whole thing 

Took place in his head 

He held on to the lesson 

With love in his heart 

And all of the wisdom

It had to impart

His love would be with him

Whether here or there 

So he no longer doubted

And he no longer feared 

A few short months later 

While walking along 

And thinking about her 

He heard a familiar song

From a woman with green eyes 

That shone like stars 

And he decided to meet her

As she arose from her car

“By chance, could you tell me 

what you were singing just then?”

Said she: 

“Just something I heard once,

from a very old friend.”

Then she smiled and she winked 

And right then he knew 

The love he’d awaited 

Was now here, pure and true

He’d had to learn first 

That wherever you go

If there’s love in your heart 

You are ALWAYS at home 

And as for those love birds

Well, what can I say?

Their story is written 

And it continues today

Right here, in this world 

A tale as old as time 

A story that is yours 

As well as it’s mine

It belongs to all people 

Who feel lost and alone

And I hope when you hear it

You’ll soon find your way home.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017

Image credited to the rightful owner.


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