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Arlene Gay Levine


as if you were the light
because you are, brilliant
being of resplendent energy,
fiery as the brightest star.

Every atom of you the same:
absolute kin to earth, tree, sky.
Your body unique yet identical to mine,
indistinguishable from mountain,
hawk, lion and sea; all light

morning, noon and night
chanting one word, one law
above all: Love.

© by Arlene Gay Levine.
Used with the 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




Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Yes, the best "law" of all!
Posted 02/14/2019 04:34 PM
Well said and a perfect poem for today. (and everyday)
Posted 02/14/2019 11:33 AM
So thoughtful. Yes, Love above all Happy Valentine's Day to each one who reads this
Posted 02/14/2019 10:24 AM
Love this. Well written. Emotional.
Posted 02/14/2019 09:49 AM
Oh, I get it . . . the uncapitalized 'as' invites the title into the poem . . . Live Lightly as if . . . Arlene was way ahead of me on that one.
Posted 02/14/2019 09:34 AM
michael escoubas:
So well said, Arlene. Beautiful beginning to a special day indeed!
Posted 02/14/2019 07:54 AM
Larry Schug:
You get it, Arlene, and express it and artistically and simply.
Posted 02/14/2019 07:17 AM

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