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Caught By Your Love
Arlene Gay Levine


Maybe itís the patience you bring to all things
whether sautťing a filet or solving a problem
Perhaps itís the way you listen when I canít hear myself
so you can guide me to shore
Possibly itís your beautiful eyes, reflecting pools
where I can see myself as cherished,
especially when I have forgotten to like who I am
It could be how the touch of your hand comforts me
back to sleep when I wake at three in the morning
fearful about some foolish thing that wonít
be a pebble ten years down the riverbed from now
Conceivably itís the surging stream of your devotion
surrounding me in my most solitary moments
or the way youíve taught me by your generosity
how I could afford to nurture myself
and you without skimping
It might be all these reasons and ones
I donít yet understand even after all these years
that have hooked my heart and made me
so grateful to be caught
by your love

From†Wedding Blessings (Random House/Broadway Books, 2003).
Used here with authorís permission.

Arlene Gay Levine is an award-winning poet, author, and educator who lives with her husband in New York City. Her prose and poetry have been published in The New York Times, more than 30 anthologies, and in numerous literary journals. Arlene is the author of 39 Ways to Open Your Heart: An Illuminated Meditation (Conari Press,) and Movie Life (Finishing Line Press). Learn more about her at




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Heartfelt and beautiful message for today!
Posted 02/14/2017 10:29 AM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful tribute.
Posted 02/14/2017 10:00 AM
"You can live without religion and meditation but you cannot survive without affection." - Dalai Lama.
Posted 02/14/2017 09:46 AM
Wonderful blessing of true love ~ acknowledging loving presence to one another. What greater gift? Excellent poem!
Posted 02/14/2017 08:12 AM
Wonderful. I only wish I had told the love of my life all of this. How foolish that I didn't when I could have.
Posted 02/14/2017 02:07 AM

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