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  • It was a perfect snowflake of a notion!

    Singular
    Simple
    Gorgeous from every side!

    Mesmerising floating midair

    All Elegance
    Every Answer
    Oh! You Inspired Thing!

    Oh my beauty, you perfect, palpable, heart-pounding Wow!

    Inhale Revelation!

    Inhale Realization!

    Inhale Transcendent!

    Elevation!

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    "I heard it from this Hasidic Rabbi at the 92nd Street Y.

    I think I signed up for the class, really, to meet Jewish women. But when I got there I saw that these women had heaps of diamonds on their hands. You know, so many you could barely get in the room.

    And I thought, 'I'd better pay attention to Song of Solomon, 'cause it's the only way I'm going to get anywhere.' Anyhow...

    There was this one poem...

    The idea is that we can think these thoughts that are so beautiful, so esoteric, so subtle and complex that we start to lift off the ground.

    And he said, 'If you see someone like that, quick, shove a bagel in their mouth.'"

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    All frothy yeast. Life exploding awake.

    The idea's foment.

    It wants flour to feed it.
    It wants kneading.

    It needs to rise up
    get punched down.
    Hands have to get dirty.

    Ropes of dough. Pinched and rolled. Left to rise, again.

    The thing's got to have time to breathe.

    Out of the scalding boil, half-baked. Heat-test, the oven.

    Then
    Then,
    Then! It's a bagel of an idea.

    [With all due props to the Montreal bagel masters who've tended the fire all these years. There's nobody's seeds I'd rather have stuck in my teeth!]
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