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Saturday Afternoon Request, by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

https://opensiddur.org/?p=7055 Saturday Afternoon Request, by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat 2013-06-21 07:18:32 A prayer-poem supplication for the afternoon of Shabbat. Text the Open Siddur Project Rachel Barenblat Rachel Barenblat https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Rachel Barenblat https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Minḥah l'Shabbat eros dreaming תחינות teḥinot 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English poetry Prayers as poems English vernacular prayer Return to Eden quiet
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Help me to silence
my mind’s aggravation alarm,
to quiet the voice which says
the to-do list matters,
to temporarily eschew
continuous partial attention.

Open me to long slow conversations
on the sunlit grass, to the beat
of the hand-drummers who accompany
the singing of psalms, to a boat
lazily drifting on the glassy surface
of my heart’s own pond.

You’re waiting for me
like a lover, eager
to embrace me again.
Remind me: this is the way
back to Eden, the bloom
on the thirteen-petaled rose.

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