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Arlene Gay Levine


Such beauty lives in a December garden
Frozen raindrops cling like stars to dusky leaves
Branches nod in the wind, agreeing
with the whispers of fallís final breath
A solitary sparrow, unimpeded by autumnís
screaming jays, makes his monkish meal
chirps a benediction under the steeple of sky
sheltering this gray velvet world
waiting for

© 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:
Wilda Morris:
Posted 12/17/2020 03:33 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
My thanks for your thoughtful and kind comments!
Posted 12/15/2020 08:59 PM
Janet Leahy:
Wonderful language enhances a beautiful poem.
Posted 12/15/2020 07:43 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful December poem.
Posted 12/15/2020 05:21 PM
The "solitary sparrow" as a monk is magical!
Posted 12/15/2020 02:52 PM
There is beauty in winter, and this poem expresses it wonderfully. Thank you.
Posted 12/15/2020 12:44 PM
michael escoubas:
Finding beauty where few others could . . . the work of excellent poets. Thank you, Arlene.
Posted 12/15/2020 11:46 AM
Thank you. Vivid images and great music in this short piece.
Posted 12/15/2020 09:06 AM
Larry Schug:
This poem--just right.
Posted 12/15/2020 07:41 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Loved how this poet found beauty in drabness like frozen raindrops, steeple of sky and gray velvet world.
Posted 12/15/2020 07:24 AM

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