Magazine article Tikkun

A Blessing for the New Jewish Year for Stanley and Jane

Magazine article Tikkun

A Blessing for the New Jewish Year for Stanley and Jane

Article excerpt

Even years have religions

And are either circumcised or baptized

Even years have Paradise and hell

And a Year-god.

In Hebrew we wish a good and sweet year

But we now know that sweet and good

Do not always work well together.

If we were Chinese

We would say "Have a sweet and pungent year,"

If we were on a diet

We would say "Have a sweet and low year"

But then "sweet and low" is worse

Than sweet and high.

So let's go back and stay happily

In our low-keyed time

Where prophecies and visions and miracles

Are fed into a computer

And thrown up out of it again

And recycled again.

So let's stay in our dull

Imagination-less democracy

Where freedom of speech and of will

Have their way

And where you have to choose

Your own personal blessing.

Because blessings are intrusion

Into private life

Like Curses

Only Less Effective. …

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