The Wellspring

And in the corners of my mind

There was a wellspring I did find

Fueled by the source above

Renewed by faith and eternal love

When troubled times befell this heart

Not once did I fall apart

‘Twas in that wellspring that I found

I dwelled on unshakeable ground

By tuning in to what there flowed

The gifts of Spirit were soon bestowed

Thus I’m sustained by eternal grace

Each time I visit that sacred place.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art credited to Mark Arian.

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Hold the Applause

Hold the Applause
by Carolyn Glackin
And isn’t it a shame
That some folks
Have to seek fortune and fame
Cheers and applause
And endless words of acclaim
Before they’ll even believe
That there’s worth to their name?
Wow, that’s insane!
My friend,
You’ve been worthy beyond measure
Since well before you came
You are precious and loved
So don’t you ever stand in shame!
Hold your head high, stand tall!
Oh, and as for the fame
Every angel above
Knows you by name
They’ll be singing your praise
Until the end of days
And the beloved Creator
Loves you in countless ways
So you see, my friend
Hollywood can wait
You don’t need to seek fame
You were born great.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to the rightful owner.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m reposting this tribute piece that I wrote last year. My hope is that not only will we keep Dr. King’s dreams alive, but that we’ll also bring them to fruition.

Blessings, 

Carolyn Glackin 

Dear Dr. Martin Luther King,

I don’t mean to bother you 

While you’re up there soaring

On your well deserved angel wings

I just wanted to talk to you 

You know, say a few things

It might seem that this world 

Has forgotten you at first glance

But that would never happen sir

No, not a chance

You see Dr. King, 

You taught us a great deal while you were here

You showed us there was light in the dark 

And taught us there was bravery in fear

Dr. King, this surely is your day 

But I would never want you to assume 

That it’s the only one 

In which I remember you this way

You see, I took your lessons to the heart 

So it doesn’t matter 

That we’re now far apart

I know things here are looking ominous and scary

I know that many hearts 

Are full of fear 

And souls are weary

And though the hour 

In the history of this world 

Is growing late

I know we’ll be just fine Dr. King 

Because you taught us 

To find the love in hate

Thank you for shining your light 

Into this world dear Dr. King

You did more good 

Than you could ever know 

And you sure did earn 

Those angel wings.

Eternally grateful,

Carolyn Glackin

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017.

Art credited to Raymond L. Warfield Jr.

*Sorry this is a day late. Had trouble when attempting to post it yesterday. 

Wildflowers 

 Not all flowers 

Are meant to bloom
In pristine gardens
Perfectly pruned
Some are meant
To bloom in the wild
Where they aren’t required
To be meek and mild
They can do as they please
They don’t have to blend in
They can reach for the sun
And sway in the wind
And if it should please them
They can take on new colors
Without the concern
Of judgment from others
Some choose to grow tall
Or slender or wide
Whatever they choose
They do it with pride
Knowing their beauty
Comes from within 
Not from a heavily
Landscaped garden
So when we feel cornered
And forced to conform
(And remember, my friends,
That should not be the norm)
And we can’t seem to breathe
And we’ve run out of room
Perhaps we should go
To the wild to bloom.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018
Image credited to Yvonne Coomber.

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.

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.

With Gratitude for All 

The sky at daybreak 

The stars and the moon
The laughter of children
Flowers in June
A gentle spring zephyr
A warm ray of sun
Grace filled tears
Serendipitous fun
Romantic notions
Coffee and tea
Majestic mountains
The bountiful sea
The glowing embers
Of a toasty bonfire
Songs that hold memories
Words that inspire
The sacred beauty
Of the setting sun
The divine moment
When a new life’s begun
Cuddles from kittens
The loyalty of pups
The blessed assurance
That the sun always comes up
A call from a friend
That I hold very dear
The end of the day
When my children are near
The love that unites us
Throughout this good earth
The holiness present
In both death and rebirth
Meeting kindred spirits
The change of the seasons
All of these things
Are but a few of the reasons
That with each passing day
Despite worry or strife
I’m eternally grateful
For the gift of this life.
Blessings,
Carolyn Glackin
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017.
Art credited to Cristina McAllister.

Rey of Light 

I wrote this piece after seeing the new movie (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), last night with my husband and sons. Dedicated to all Star Wars fans. May the Force be with you. 🌠

Two forces shall rise

Matched in power and might
One, a dark Lord
One, a ray of light
Lessons will be learned
Worlds torn apart
And an old friend returns
With wisdom to impart
A Jedi is found
And lost in the end
Sorrow is assuaged
Torn hearts will mend
A brave heroine is sacrificed
For the greater good
A Code Breaker pretends
To be Robin Hood
While later it’s revealed
That he’s traitorous scum
Further enraging
A devoted fandom
A spark is kindled
Between the dark and the light
Will the lady join forces
With the tall, dark knight?
And what of the future
Of this dynamic pair?
Will they find love,
Or mayhem and despair?
And on goes the story
Way up in the skies
With twists and turns
To delight and surprise
But come what may
Around the bend
The Force always rises
In the end.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017
Image found on Google and is credited to the rightful owner.