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October 16, 2006

Just last week
I wrestled expectations
to the ground again.

Today I’ve added
eleven lines of verse
to the bank account,

stitched a single quilt
from sheaves
of disparate sources:

page of Talmud
thick with Rashi-script
nestled beside the koans

of a Zen poet
whose brush
spills only virtual ink.

Even in the way
Hebrew letters

there’s a lesson
about how to reveal
our true faces.

by Rachel Barenblat of Velveteen Rabbi

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  1. October 18, 2006 at 6:57 am

    Not much to say except, “Wonder-full.”

  2. October 20, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    All of this really got to me, a fabulous opening tercet, but I admit a fondness for the second tercet and would like to be able to go off now and add verse to my bank account. Thank you!

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