Bio Note: Fascinated by the mysteries of the human heart and healing what ails it, I became an educator in the NYC school system and the author of 39 Ways to Open Your Heart: An Illuminated Meditation (Conari Press) and Movie Life (Finishing Line Press). Most recently my poem “The Climb” won 2nd Place in The New York Encounter 2020 Poetry Contest judged by Dana Gioia.
The day proceeds in silent motion light waves lapping against the evening, distant shore where I, a swimmer of solitude, wait to climb into your arms once more. And it is not your smile that warms me nor your kiss but the simple sight of your face, the one who loves me in triumph and disgrace, just this...
Originally published in Forever in Love: A Celebration of Love and Romance (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Riding over the river on a metal reminder of time/space crossed to enter your world I feel the old longing rise again, a full harvest moon lost in indigo sky In the rhythm of my wildly swaying car and the cadences of silence, you emerge, enigmatic as ever, consecrated in the waters of the East River, fully alive at last The autumn after our summer I traveled east seeking you in the siren wail of Avenue C, a different language than the wind translated through the green of my garden Whispers from the street placed you in St. Vincent’s, your body a highway of tubes and needles, the same road my father traveled the last time I saw him two decades ago Remember the night in the Stage Deli? You listened for hours while I confessed all my horrible secrets talked about my father, his death I was away never visited the grave “Go there,” you said. “Talk to him.” “Forgive” you said. I didn’t and now you’re gone too They scattered your ashes a hard rain over the Lower East side Still on this bridge between our worlds I feel the river rise up, heal me with love And I forgiving me, forgiving you, forgiving him, no longer need this leaden bridge to make my way to you
Originally published in Movie Life (Finishing Line Press)
©2021 Arlene Gay Levine
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