Blessing from Vayera*

I will bless you and increase you as the earth
as the sands of the seashore as the sea,
the algae and the horseflies.

I will make you as great as the horseflies, as the algae,
look up now to the sky, you will be as great as the stars
as the darkness too, you will be as great as the darkness,

as great as the sand and the sea and the stars,
the mud and the dark and the green,
the sticky stuff on the surf,

the “the” and the “and”
the early rains and the later rains
the mud the mud the green the sand the dark.

“And G*d appeared to Abraham,” (Genesis 18:1)
and said nothing —
appeared everywhere.

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