Mirage

Mirage

by Carolyn Glackin

She’s an enigma

A tale well told

Impossible to know

Yet a vision to behold

She’s the great mystery

That burns through the ages

Defying all truths

Stupefying sages

As elusive as

That hint of a dream

That flees when you awaken

But also every bit as real

As each breath you’ve ever taken

She’s as subtle as mist

Or a shy first time kiss

She’ll slip between your fingers

Yet even after she’s long, long gone

Something about her lingers

She’ll leave you perplexed

With your heart in a wreck

And your mind

In a state of confusion

‘Til you reach the point

Where you no longer know

If she’s real or just an illusion

And while you’re trying

To sort all that out

She’ll suddenly reappear

But just long enough

To make you wonder

If she ever was actually there

A hint of her smile

Will linger a while

As her name plays

On your lips

And just as you’re

About to recall it

It fades beyond your grip

And part of the lure

That attracts you to her

Is the way that

She keeps her distance

She’ll never allow you

To get very close

Despite your ongoing insistence

So try as you may

You’ll discover one day

That it’s best

To give her some space

‘Cause if you push her too far

She’ll take off for good

And you’ll never more see her face

So just let her be

The way that she is

She exists as both

Truth and fiction

A puzzle, a riddle, a paradox

She’s a beautiful contradiction.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

*Image credited to Angela de la Agua.

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Motherland

The term ‘motherland’ refers to one’s native country, but Gaia (the being who inhabits the earth), acknowledges no borders, boundaries, or dividing lines upon her land. The entire planet is, in fact, the motherland. We are one world and one people, if we could only remember.

Motherland
by Carolyn Glackin
Oh the Mother
How she cries
How she shrieks, and wails, and moans
In an endless lamentation
That I feel deep within my bones
Sometimes she is angry
Like when people strip her bare
And she yells in thunderous rage
While I remind her life’s not fair
Quite often, she is somber
Like when she tells me of our birth
As I hear the death knell ringing
From all corners of the earth
She said our souls are cosmic
And we come here from afar
But she, Gaia, is our mother
Even though we hail from stars
She tells me of our bodies
How she fashions them with love
From her soil, we arise
Upon our death, we rise above
Then one day she told me
That she gifted us with color
Never knowing it would cause us
To turn from one another
She thought we’d see the beauty
Of all the different hues
And it absolutely kills her
That we pick sides, wage wars, abuse
Sometimes her heart’s so heavy
That I swear I hear it beating
As she mourns lives lost to bloodshed
And history repeating
There are those precious moments
When she’ll smile and laugh and sing
Like when the sun is shining
And when truth and freedom ring
I ask about her scars
Seen all throughout the land
She says she loves them dearly
In ways I wouldn’t understand
I ask her if she hates us
If she wishes we would leave her
But she says we are her heart
Though we forsake her and deceive her
The Earth can do without us
She’d thrive and flourish sweetly
It’s we humans that need her
So fully and completely
So doesn’t that say something?
Is not the message clear?
We abuse her and defile her
And yet, she keeps us safely here
I know of no love greater
No love more pure and true
Than a love that’s given freely
Yet asks not a thing of you.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin/The Angel Scribe 2018.
Art by Jenness Cortez Perlmutter.

Unwritten

Title: Unwritten
Subtitle: Sanctus Dei, Nobis Revelare

Prelude:
Holy God, reveal us!
Remove from our hearts
This fright
Deliver us to the day
There ending the long, dark night.
Β©Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Unwritten
by Carolyn Glackin
I am but one of many
Come in the long, dark night
You may not know me by name
But by power, force, and might
You might think of us as soldiers
Volunteered to save this earth
And give rise to a peaceful world
By right of mankind’s birth
We come not seeking glory
We are not here for your acclaim
But brethren, please know this
Once we’re done,
Things won’t be the same
There exists no army to stop us
No battalion could strike us down
For we are empowered by love
The best enforcer around
Don’t look for wings upon us
We’re no longer of the sky
Long ago we did forego
That which set us aloft so high
We are stationed all over your world
In every corner and nook
By year, we grow in number
You have only but to look
We are the sons and daughters
Of the great one beyond the sky
And we come here to represent
To exalt and to glorify
For you, a downtrodden race
Who’ve completely forgotten your worth
You lie about in your shame
Plagued by sorrow, adversity, and dearth
Rise up now, Adonai’s children!
Don’t you know?
We are one and the same?
Stop looking to point a finger
There is no one to admonish or blame
Look but to yourself for power
Look but to yourself for might
For when you remember your worth
‘Tis you who will rule the night!
My brothers and sisters, please hear me
The love that you seek is here!
But never will your eyes spy it
So long as you exist in fear
Your soul has been sullied by guilt
Your spirit is reeking of shame
But I ask you this question, my loves
Do you not know from whence you came?
So noble were your beginnings
So lofty, so regal, so proud
And now you scuttle about
Your truth lost to the earthen shroud
I beg of you, please remember!
For the end of an era is nigh
We are not beholden to earth
Let us return to the sky!
Rise up now sons and daughters!
For I am the truth that sings
I shall sing but for to reveal you
That you might recall your wings
Then we shall fly home together
Not in body, but in mind
And the earth will inherit the future
That was always meant for mankind
And we’ll build a new world together
We shall bless it with mesh and gold
Bit by bit, and piece by piece
Paved with truth and love, as foretold
Yes, we will give rise to a story
But still there’s much planning to do
Oh my dear ones, please remember!
Do you not know the writer is you?!
In you alone, lies the power
In you alone, waits the glory
We come but to remind you
You are the heroes of your story.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to the rightful owner.

‘Sanctus Dei, nobis revelare’ is Latin for ‘holy God, reveal us.’ While writing the poem, ‘sanctus Dei’ came to me. I’m not sure why, as I’ve not studied Latin in this lifetime, and yet Latin words occasionally appear in my mind when writing about subject matters relating to God.

‘Adonai’ is an archaic term for God.

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life
by Carolyn Glackin
I called out to the cosmos
“Please tell me your answer true!”
“What is the meaning of life?!”
And I heard:
“YOU are, child! It’s YOU!”
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

*Image credit: Heatherlee Chan.

Reconsider

Reconsider

by Carolyn Glackin

I’ve forgotten who told me

That the world wasn’t good

But needless to say

They misunderstood

For here there is beauty

Untouched by man

All in accordance

With nature’s plan

Here there are blue skies

And rivers and seas

Flowers that bloom

Mountains and trees

There is rugged terrain

There are prairies and brooks

There are valleys and fjords

Unheard of in books

There are animals

Of all shapes and sizes

There are beautiful sunsets

And gorgeous sunrises

There are islands and jungles

Where ripened fruits grow

There are tundras and glaciers

Adorned with fresh snow

There are sun drenched deserts

Gladly cooled by the moon

There are star kissed skies

That make lovers swoon

There are caverns and caves

As well as moors and plains

And with all of this beauty

There’s no room for disdain

Our world is comprised of

Magic and mystery

As well as all kinds of people

Culture and history

This world is a blessing

It’s our gift to uphold

And we must care for it

As time has foretold

So please do not question

Whether the world is good

But instead ask yourself

If you’ve misunderstood.

Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Image credited to the rightful owner.

The Long Road Home

This is a song I wrote today.

The Long Road Home
by Carolyn Glackin
Oh for I am but a traveler
On the endless road back home
Ever long and ever winding
Many times I’ve felt alone

And my heart’s been caught in shadows
When I could not see the light
And I often lost my way
In the dark and lonely night

Yet I know now you’ve been with me
By my side through every mile
There were times you led the way
So that I could rest a while

And the road seems somehow shorter
And the end seems near in sight
When I know that you’re here with me
On this journey of my life

So I thank you very kindly
And I give my love to thee
For you have been my savior
You have helped me see

And the truth has been revealed
So I’ll tell everyone I know
We may walk an endless mile
But we never walk alone

So whenever you grow weary
And you fear this never ends
And the road is dark and empty
And you cannot find a friend

I beseech you to remember
‘Twas a promise set in stone
We come here to walk a while
But we never walk alone

When your lot in life is heavy
And when your sight grows dim
I pray that you’ll remember
You need only look within

For in your heart lies waiting
The promise we were shown
All the love that you’ve been seeking
All the happy times you’ve known

All the peace and all the solace
All the comfort you could need
Waits within for you to find it
Both in thought and word and deed

And the one who gave you life
Who fashioned you with love
Has never left your side
Since you came here from above

So my dear one please keep walking
You’ve got miles yet still to go
But you’ve got all you need within you
So keep walking on your road.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credited to Igor Shulman.

Flight of Fancy

This piece, which I’ve titled “Flight of Fancy,” comes from some figment of my imagination. I was in the mood to write something fun, using some colorful, lesser used words. I also used a touch of poetic license with the word ‘romancey,’ for the sake of rhyming consistency. Hey, a poet’s gotta do what a poet’s gotta do, you know?! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜†
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Flight of Fancy
by Carolyn Glackin
A wild sojourner’s
Torrid affair
Led her to
A hapless truth
Her paramour,
Though debonair
Was shameless, feckless,
And uncouth
Her trust betrayed
Her travels delayed
A victim of
His tactless guile
She thought it best
To seek some rest
And cease her journey
For a while
A flight of fancy
Quite romancey
Led her to
A handsome gent
Said he: “Come with me,
There’s a world to see”
So she packed her bags
And off they went.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
Image credit: “Flight of Fancy Queen,” by Ciro Marchetti.

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.

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
Forevermore.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.

Art credited to Aimee Stewart.