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Mining the Heart
Arlene Gay Levine


Let us kneel
before the stream
of our lives


mining for those

golden moments when

we see right through


to the real: kindness,

laughter, innocence,

the light of all things


Then, slowly

release all the rest

allow it to flow


the way life will when

we learn what to hold,

what to let go



From Serenity Prayers (Andrews McMeel, 2009)

Used here with author’s permission.



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Arlene Gay Levine is the author of 39 Ways to Open Your Heart: An Illuminated Meditation (Conari Press) and Movie Life (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry and prose has appeared in many venues, including The New York Times, an off-Broadway show, and on radio. Arlene lives with her husband in New York City, where she tends a garden of words, roses and herbs. Learn more about her at





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Beautifully written
Posted 11/23/2016 12:05 PM
Practical points beautifully stated! Janice
Posted 11/23/2016 12:05 PM
There's so much gold if we mine with patience and love. Thank you for this meaningful poem.
Posted 11/23/2016 11:06 AM
Lori Levy:
That's the key--"what to hold/what to let go." Beautiful.
Posted 11/23/2016 10:12 AM
Dear Arlene, This is a wonderfully sensitive piece. Like a shepherd you lead us gently toward what really matters--it is what good poets do. Thank you, Michael Escoubas
Posted 11/23/2016 09:11 AM
An eloquent reminder of those things in our lives with real value. Wonderful imagery.
Posted 11/23/2016 09:11 AM
Ah, the light of all things.
Posted 11/23/2016 08:41 AM
Beautiful poem.
Posted 11/23/2016 08:14 AM

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