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Awareness, a prayer-poem by Miriam Teichner (1921)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=36949 Awareness, a prayer-poem by Miriam Teichner (1921) 2021-04-30 12:25:26 A prayer for sustaining empathy and awareness of others' needs through the vicissitudes of life and labor. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Miriam Teichner https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Travel 20th century C.E. 57th century A.M. Prayers as poems World War I עדות witnessing 1918-1920 influenza pandemic
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God—let me be aware.
Let me not stumble blindly down the ways,
Just getting somehow safely through the days,
Not even groping for another hand,
Not even wondering why it all was planned,
Eyes to the ground unseeking for the light,
Soul never aching for a wild-winged flight,
Please, keep me eager just to do my share.
God—let me be aware.

God—let me be aware.
Stab my soul fiercely with others’ pain,
Let me walk seeing horror and stain.
Let my hands, groping, find other hands.
Give me the heart that divines, understands.
Give me the courage, wounded, to fight.
Flood me with knowledge, drench me in light.
Please—keep me eager just to do my share.
God—let me be aware.

“Awareness” by Miriam Teichner (1887-1963) was first published in It Can Be Done: Poems of Inspiration compiled and edited by Joseph Morris & St. Clair Adams (1921), p. 87. We are grateful to Dr. Mel Scult for mentioning the poem in a note on Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan in the Mordecai Kaplan group on Facebook: “Kaplan inserted this poem into a manuscript (circa 1950s) in which he was discussing the ethical life.”

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