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.

March Waltzes In

March Waltzes In
by Carolyn Glackin
February, cold and dreary
Leaves us longing
For the sun
All the snow and ice must go
Goodbye winter,
It’s been fun!
Ready now for golden rays
To brighten up
Our endless days
And raise our weary gardens
From their slumber
And right on time,
As if on cue
March comes waltzing in
With all it’s thunder
A bit of rain,
But I’ll not complain
For soon we’ll see the fruits
Of March’s labor
As flowers and trees
And birds and bees
Reconnect us with our yards
And with our neighbors
Such a wonderful thing
Is the warmth March brings
Not only to our world
But to our hearts
Reminding us
Without a doubt
Of all the love and beauty
Spring imparts.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Art by Deyanira Harris.

Earth Angel

Earth Angel
by Carolyn Glackin
I longed to hear an angel’s voice
To feel his breath upon my skin
Soon enough, one came along
Who had a noble knight within
‘Twas perhaps a moment
Indeed, not more
After I first heard his voice
When I was thoroughly aware
That loving him was not a choice
For his heart was melded to my own
And our minds in tandem thought
Such shared memories had we two
That I knew twasn’t all for naught
And though this angel lives on earth
(He’s truly here, you see)
And others cannot see his wings
I’ve felt them holding me
And in his eyes of blue I’ve glimpsed
Such depth of emotion there
That words would fail me to explain
All that he’s had to bear
In his gentle, tender, loving way
He’s carried the world on his wings
And with mighty brow and steely sword
He’s battled fiery things
It’s a sacred oath, a primordial pact
By which he lives his truth
Upholding the promise that he made
He stands as living proof
That angels do exist on earth
It’s more than true, you see
For I’ve got one here
With eyes of blue
And we’re pledged for eternity.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art credit: John Blumen

The Balmy Shore

And when the world

Makes my heart weary

I lay down near

The balmy shore

In sacred silence I sit

Until the world

Becomes less

And I become more

For always,

I must remember

That all here

Is but a dream

Though quite oft

It does seem scary

I can choose

To remain serene

And by softening

My heart

And offering love

By day and night

My world becomes

Much brighter

As the dark

Dissolves into light

Truly ’tis mind

Over matter

All the lessons

Such as these

And perhaps they can

Make or break you

Depending on what

You believe

So when the world

Is too much with you

And some devil

Lurks at your door

Please find yourself

Some solace

In your very own

Balmy shore.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art credit: Kate Boyce.


by Carolyn Glackin
She takes the words
Once left unsaid
And leaves fresh roses
There instead
She draws her love up
Through pen’s ink
And fashions words
To make us think
Softer than birds
Feathered wings
Are these precious
Words she sings
Kindness blooms
Within her heart
An endless garden
A work of art
Her name alone
Enchants the moon
Distant lovers
Reconcile and swoon
Stars seen trailing
In her wake
She gives far more
Than she does take
Blessed are they
Who hear her call
Her soul is here
To share love with all
If you see her
Tell her “hi”
She’s up there soaring
In the sky
Nothing here could
Bring her down
No tidal wave
Could make her drown
Buoyant, bubbly,
One day gone
She works her magic
While she’s here
But when she’s gone
Please have no fear
From far off realms
With ancient moons
Of distant shores
Her love still blooms
And in her silent,
Sovereign rending
She breaks in two
And is never-ending
And though her soul
Must then depart
She leaves with us
Evermore her heart.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image found on Why so BluE and a touch of BroWn/Facebook.

*Inspired by several poetesses that I’m blessed to know.

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.
Carolyn Glackin

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

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.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to the rightful owner.