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Lori Levy


Where is it today?
I can’t find it, can’t feel it.
I think I chased it away
with my complaints, my disappointment.

Must be hiding outside—
in the neighbor’s rosebushes, perhaps,
or in the purple Russian sage down the street.

Wait. Why down the street?
It doesn't hide: it waits to be found.
It's probably here in my house, curled up
with my complaints—napping in the gloom
until I welcome it again.

I think it's peeking at me now
from the bubbles in the bathtub
where a five-year-old—
my Rio Belle, my granddaughter—
pours soapy water in a cup,
serves me coffee, cappuccino,
then shoos me away and tells me
to come back as a new customer.
I remind her that her hair needs washing.
You're being so dramatic, she responds.
I crack up, she guffaws,
we call each other hilarious—
life shining again, like the olive oil
and lemon on the salad I made earlier,
fresh as the taste of gratitude.  

© by Lori Levy.
Used with the author’s permission.


Lori Levy’s poems have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies in the U.S., the U.K., and Israel, and she is the author of a bilingual (English/Hebrew) book of poems, In the Mood for Orange. A new collection, What Do You Mean When You Say Green?  and Other Poems of Color, has just been released from Kelsay Books. Lori lives in Los Angeles now, but she grew up in Vermont and raised her children partly in Israel. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends, especially in nature. Lori's five grandchildren keep her entertained, on her toes and, occasionally, inspire poems.



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What a wonderful scene in the bath, and a gentle reminder as well!
Posted 12/25/2023 01:29 PM
Ah Lori, You do it every time. I enjoy your poems and this one on gratitude is life shining again. I liked the scene with Rio Belleso natural and loving .Thank you once again.
Posted 12/16/2023 12:45 AM
Lori Levy:
Thank you to all of you for your encouraging comments on my poem.
Posted 12/15/2023 08:23 PM
Such a moving, expressive delightful piece!
Posted 12/15/2023 06:30 PM
Love the turn in your poem:'life shining again'. How all the tumbling possibilities for gratitude resume. Precious!
Posted 12/15/2023 02:37 PM
I enjoy your conversational style of poetry and can see your granddaughter serving you the coffee, cappuccino, and her remark that would have me laughing, too. Gratitude right there next to you.
Posted 12/15/2023 02:06 PM
Love everything about this poem!
Posted 12/15/2023 10:04 AM
One to be saved and reread over and over again. ♡
Posted 12/15/2023 09:59 AM
Two of my granddaughters are coming for Christmas.
Posted 12/15/2023 09:43 AM
Gratitude, oil & lemon poured on a fresh green salad . . . I like it!
Posted 12/15/2023 08:57 AM
That last line, wonderful!
Posted 12/15/2023 08:00 AM
Just what I needed this morning that was looking too full of preparation tasks 💕❤️gave me misty eyes and a lift to both corners of my smile
Posted 12/15/2023 07:48 AM
Larry Schug:
Posted 12/15/2023 07:39 AM

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