Neila (1971)


by Marc Mangel


Before the gates are closed in heaven

before our prayers will fall

deaf as a rain in an

empty canyon


hear the final cry of the people

judge us not for the

good we should have


but rather for the

evil we did not become

because of you


and know that your people

often find it hard

to show

they love you more than

you can even know


when we ask for the


of forgetting

say yes

or your people shall vanish

never to be born again


September 1971

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