This Could Be The Year

The Year of the Ayin Alef
Tih’yeh sh’nat Ayin Alef or Iyyun Alef*

Master of all the words,

We are breaking in on the year 5771
Since the Creation of the world as we reckon time
In our language of acronym
Secrets clues and anagrams
Tih’ye SH’nat Ayin Alef
The year of the ayin alef
May it be this year — the year of the eye
Vision
Mindfulness
Iyyun
Focus
Elusive alef
Silent One
Unity expressed in diversity
G*dliness itself.

Let all the signs
The stars too
siman tov and mazal tov
All the angels and energies, totems and intentions
Conspire to be the year —
It is supposed to be.

This year we begin with ayin
With the eye
With Iyyun
Focus
Sense of deep investigation
Seriousness
Ferocious of vision
The gaze within,

And the added alef
The attentiveness attached to deep listening
Alef — silent and whole –-
G*dliness in its most expressive
Most quiet.

All our years begin with hope
Possibilities present for the secret good
Congealed in language.

Now – the year of ayin alef —
The eye, seventy, conceiving
Vision depth of focus
Deep listening for the silent alef
Bring down its unity –

Now explode the alef into a vuv and two yuds
The numerically alive 26
The postured vuv the Great Connector
The elevated conjunction And
Drawn by the hand Above
Protected beneath by the hand Below —

Something entirely new coming
Better than good when good is not enough
Deeper than surfaces
The vision into events
Into Self
When events and self-ful-ness lose their opacity
And surfaces release**
— For a moment —
To vision
Thoughtfulness
Ferocious Inwardliness —

This could be the year

Amein.

james stone goodman, united states of america

* The year we are entering is called in Hebrew Tav Shin Ayin Alef — Tih’yeh Sh’nat Ayin Alef — an acronym that corresponds to 5771.

We play a word game with language, here game is something serious but with an aspect of play. Every year’s acronym is an opportunity for intention.

**All signs are significant. B.T. Horayot 12a, Keritot 6a