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September 06, 2021

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These are delicious, David. I love the liturgical echo in "For things done, not done. / The time I wasted." And that "sacred" is an anagram for "scared" -- wouldn't Freud have a field day with that? The hint of "The horror! The horror!"

And oh, "We believe that there are two outs, / bottom of the ninth." That's the epitome of the Ne'ilah service, at the end of Yom Kippur, right there. Of course it's existential.

Really, marvelous stuff. Shanah tovah!

A wonderful collab. Wise and funny all at once.

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