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עשה תורתך קבע – אמור מעט ועשה הרבה

– Psalm 97

In the laughter of earth
And the many single smiles
There is God.
Enveloped in cloud and darkness
And fire burning before Him
Setting out justice and right
He heals His pain.
Lightning! Earth’s flash of fear
Illuminate man by the face of God
Craggy mountains facing God
Turn to drops of wax
Patterns of the sky spell justice
When people see His light
Images in wood rot
And little gods don’t last –
Make your little gods His servants.
Hearing your words we smile
As at the sound of young girls innocent laughter.
You are more than earth
And greater than gods

Translation © Rabbi Edward Feld and Rabbi Arthur Gould 1971

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