Bio Note: September brings the autumnal equinox when day and night are of equal length. Usually, if only for a day, we feel a sense of equilibrium and yet at this time, change not balance rocks our world. Gardening and using my fresh grown herbs to prepare savory meals is a calming practice these days. My poem “Creation” will appear in For Every Little Thing (Eerdmans Publishing Company) due out this month. To learn more visit my web site.
If I Could
Your world seems empty now: a puzzle whose pieces you thought made you complete are missing. If I could make you listen, in your loneliest hour, the doves continue to coo and soft breezes still strum their spring song on budding branches. If I could help you see, in your lightless prison, the perfection of a powder blue sky day has not gone away and the courageous yellow face of a solitary dandelion defies the gardener’s rake. If I could urge you to inhale, despite your clenched chest, you’d be healed by the green tonic of mown grass or even the humble aroma of a potato baking in the oven just for you. If I could I would teach you to taste the salt of your tears and explore their source, to feel the jagged edges of your newly broken heart, and with those same hands, use the thread of your pain to sew a stronger version whole again.
Originally published in Get Well Wishes (Harper Collins Publishers Inc.)
A day begins; there are no promises. Maybe the sun will shine, or not. No one can be sure who is around that corner or what news this next call might bring. Seasons arrive like clockwork but how they will turn out is a mystery. Still... One day we will slip from our bodies and slide into the Light; this we know. Perhaps to rouse from sleep and put aside the fear that hunts our hearts, we could live each day as if the Light was already ours. Listen: The heart hears a deeper truth than the head. Even the loneliest one is never alone on the winding journey home.
Originally published in Serenity Prayers (Andrews McMeel)
©2021 Arlene Gay Levine
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