by Carolyn Glackin

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner.


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.


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.


by Carolyn Glackin
Beloved, I have loved you
Far beyond what I thought
One heart could give
And truly, it’s for you
That I’m here, that I live
I am but a mere
Specter of the Light
Existing in this chaos
Burning forever bright
And from the
Earthen shackles
I’m long since freed
I come here not
Through karma
But rather,
I’m born out of need
For I have heard
Your children’s cries
So deep within my heart
And I won’t let them go unanswered
So I come to do my part
And it’s my great joy
To come to this place through you
To anchor love in this dimension
And embody it too
To serve all of humankind
In the name of the Light
To make sure no one walks alone
On their darkest night
To remind your children
How dearly we are loved
For we are miracles enfleshed
Who hail from up above
And it’s my sacred duty
And solemn vow
To witness you in them always
In the eternal moment of now
Beloved, thank you! Thank you!
Truly, we are blessed
To come here in your name
That we might come to know you best
For there is so much good
Here on this Earth
There is laughter, there is music
There is life and rebirth
There are the unending glories
That dear Gaia bestows
And the sacred mysteries
That only heaven knows
There’s the hope that lives on
In the heart of man
There’s the faith that sustains us
That we might uphold your plan
There are vexations aplenty
But to those, I give my attention not
And instead I live in gratitude
For all that is, for all I’ve got
There’s kinship of spirit
That alights in the hearts
Of those who remember
And are here to do their part
There are blessings of all manner
And miracles abound too
When we set our sights on your glory
And choose to see only you
And so, ’tis for these reasons
That my heart sings your name
And I offer you praise
Until the end of my days
Beloved, I humbly ask of you
The following things
Let me see through your eyes
Let me love through your heart
Let mine be the same song
Your spirit sings
Let me uphold goodness
Let me teach only love
And whenever I fall
Let me rise above
May I see your reflection
In all that lives
Let mine be a heart
That always loves and forgives
May I be ever humble, grateful and kind
And most of all, may I bear in mind
That every moment spent here
From the time of our birth
We’ve been the blessed
And the blessing
Upon this Earth.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

*Art credit: “Gratitude,” by Tamara Phillips via Etsy.

The Invitation

The Invitation

by Carolyn Glackin

Dearest, I have loved you

Well beyond the confines of time

With a heart far bigger than my own

With songs of praise

And endless rhymes

With prayers of devotion

I’ve spoken your sacred name

As I sang you into existence

Here with me, on this earthly plane

Thus we are now immortal

Eternal in our love

We exist outside of human law

In a holy place above

And nothing here can touch us

For all here is but a dream

And I have loved us whole

We’re more real than we may seem

Impervious to duality

Karma no longer scathes us

For the song that sings us here

When sung, is the one that saves us

Though darkness may surround us

No longer can it seep in

In our heart, there lies a fortress

That sustains the light within

And my love is reflected outward

In hopes that all will know

The softness of its touch

As I hold them in its glow

And my heart song calls out to them

“Remember why you came”

“Listen, and remember ”

“I’m calling you by name”

I know not all will hear it

But there are those that will

And they’ll waken from their slumber

And give up all their pills

Life will be brand new

As their mind is now set free

Their hearts are cleansed of sorrow

Their eyes can truly see

Each time that it happens

There’s rejoicing up above

And reunions with the soul

Who at last, returned to love

For whether here or there

No matter how far apart

We all remain as one

When joined within our heart

And I am but an essence

Housed within this skin

Here to do my part

That you might truly live again

No mortal coil doth chain me

To this world of ours

I exist beyond this realm

In the cosmos with the stars

But your cries have touched my heart

So I’ve come back to this place

To love this world whole

To free the human race

To release the veils that blind you

That you might see your holy light

Thus bringing to an end

The soul’s darkest night

The time is now upon us

We’ve paid our dues in full

Please listen for my song

It’s calling to your soul

You’re grander than you know

And far wiser than you think

A miracle enfleshed

Now standing at the brink

For now the time is nigh

Lo! Verily, I say

There are choices to be made

Awaiting us this day

So I’m holding out my hand

And I’m singing to your heart

I’m asking you to join me

In the thoughts that I impart

I hold a space of love

For all to enter in

Remember now my loves!

Through us, a new world begins

I’m the song that keeps on singing

I’m the song that has no end

I sing my song for you

Come sing with me dear friend!

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art by Josephine Wall.

Lover or Loved?

Lover or Loved?

by Carolyn Glackin

If I am the lover

Who is the loved?

And likewise, if I am the loved

Who then, is the lover?

And what steps do I take

To safeguard and maintain

Either of those situations?

What comfort lies in expecting

Those roles never to expire?

None I say…

Only heartache and vexations

I am not a jailer

Thus, no one is beholden to me

Nor will I be kept beyond my time

So, I choose not the role of the loved

Nor that of the lover

For either might meet their end

Instead, I simply choose to BE love

I choose to step forth

As a vessel for its embodiment

And in that way,

I remain constant and eternal

For love asks naught of itself

Nor does it place requirements

Or expectations on anyone

All are invited to be free

And I, too, am free

Neither loved, nor lover, but love

Which embraces all, and has no end.


Carolyn Glackin

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Beautiful art by Zeng Hao.

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.