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Arlene Gay Levine


December’s garden gives
no clue about daffodils,
the saffron relief
of their shy heads emerging
from recently frozen ground
Now only winter looms
in the dry death rattle of leaves
just months ago trembling
green with life
Do not be sad
as we stumble from light
to darkness, our human
bodies' battleground for
the eternal tussle of
mind versus heart
Find solace in the knowledge
of tears feeding seed deep
in the soul’s invisible thaw
What we cannot understand
is what we learn by faith,
blundering our way into
selfhood through seasons
of grief and joy until
there is only one long day
radiant as the glint of
daffodil gold
From Movie Life (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
Used here with permission.


Arlene Gay Levine is an award-winning poet, author, and educator who lives with her husband in New York City. The author of 39 Ways to Open Your Heart: An Illuminated Meditation (Conari Press) and Movie Life (Finishing Line Press), her poetry and prose have found a home in The New York Times, numerous anthologies and journals, an Off-Broadway show, a CD, and radio programs. Arlene has served as a judge for the Illinois State and Virginia State Poetry Society Contests, and is the creator/facilitator of Logos Therapy™, a transformational writing process. Learn more about her at



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I always enjoy your poems, Arlene. Thank you.
Posted 12/17/2019 10:55 PM
So beautiful!!!
Posted 12/17/2019 02:58 PM
michael escoubas:
I'm all over the sentiments in your poem Arlene. Especially the "blundering" part, which is where I seem to live! Great post Jayne and Arlene!
Posted 12/17/2019 08:42 AM

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