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Saturday Afternoon Request, by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat 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 Rachel Barenblat 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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