A Blessing in Four Worlds
for Rabbi Irwin Keller, on the occasion of his smikhah
10 January 2021 ~ 26 Tevet 5781
May the strong sunlight of love
always energize your body,
shining into fingers and wrists,
spine and shoulder blades, urging you
to dig toes into wet sand, fingers into
moist earth, to cherish each muscular
twinge that reminds you, I’m alive!
May you bring the kinetic vigor of this love
to each word you write and speak and sing,
each hand you clasp, each soul you comfort.
May you remember, when the day
falls upon you like a rock,
the ocean of love out of which your
dear cells swam, that fluid matrix
ever birthing form, caressing you
from within, like the rivers
gushing forth from Eden,
rishrush of Mother-love, melting granite,
carrying you, spilling into sacred moments shared with
every seeker, sufferer, playmate, and beloved.
May you delight in the vast expanse
of mind, God’s playground spread out
like a shimmering curtain, breathing
you into and out of being, inspiring
thought before word, dream beyond thought,
blessing effort with great gusts of
spaciousness, the white fire—you don't even
need a match! May cosmic winds
ignite your own creative spark,
your love, a brilliant flame amidst the dark.
My dear, please know that I am near.
You are a channel, empty, clear.
This awesomeness dissolves all fear.
You vibrate in the now, the here.
Impediments must disappear.
No need to strive, to press, to try,
where all is All, not land or sky,
not dark or light, not low or high.
So know that when each day is done,
you are enfolded in the One.