Benching Gomel After Receiving the Second Dose of the Vaccine

What is this feeling?
Three days ago
I received the second of two doses
Of the Moderna vaccine.
And this feeling, what is it?
I am so mindful of the privileges
Of my skin color, class, nationality, neighborhood
To access the vaccine
And I am not strong enough to turn it down.
And I am so mindful
Of the inspiration and efficiency,
The hard work and creativity
And the accumulation of knowledge
That brought me to this moment. 
No miracles were wanted or needed,
For this vaccine
Only science and money,
But still,
Isn’t it amazing?
What is this feeling?
Is this safety?
Some of the fear 
Is over
For me.
May everyone everywhere receive their two doses
And may the side effects be mild and effective
And may we all feel safe.
Blessed HaShleimut, the Holy Wholeness,
Creating Sanctuary
We give thanks.


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