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Solstice Prayer
Arlene Gay Levine


Winter solstice dim yet star-bright carry us
through the deep of night
let not the darkness demolish our faith let not the darkness eat our hope let not the darkness drink our joy
let not the darkness suffocate our knowing let not the darkness poison our hearts
Winter solstice dim yet star-bright
carry us through the deep of night
allow the light to shower forgiveness allow the light to tender healing allow the light to open our hearts
allow the light to render us whole allow the light to bring us
Winter solstice dim yet star-bright
bless us through the deep of night

A slightly different version of this poem appeared in CHRONOGRAM (December, 2012).
This version 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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Arlene Gay Levine:
My thanks, YDP folks...wishing peace & Light to all for the New Year!
Posted 12/21/2021 04:25 PM
A lovely acknowledgement of the complexity of the solstice!
Posted 12/21/2021 03:53 PM
what a gift of light. Thanks for this lyrical song that sings out darkness.
Posted 12/21/2021 12:56 PM
This is a deeply inspiring poem/prayer, and could be read every day.
Posted 12/21/2021 10:55 AM
Lori Levy:
Dim yet star-bright says it all. Beautiful prayer.
Posted 12/21/2021 10:48 AM
Really like the craftsmanship here; the way Arlene utilizes her lineage skills to enhance the reading of this poem. This is almost a tutorial on ending lines at just the right place.
Posted 12/21/2021 08:40 AM

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