akin to sapphire am I,
techeles blue, I am called.
As lofty as the throne of Elokim;
and, as lowly as the chillazon snail.
Encapsulated within a single thread,
tied around a religious fringe,
reminding the wearer of Shomayim;
and, the ocean of wisdom called Torah.
Comprising the regal clothing of the Kohein Kadol,
surrounding the mishkan (tabernacle) with beauty.
The color of honor chosen for Mordechai,
and the dishonor of the rebel, Korach.
My ancient source has vanished,
only the remnants of shells remain,
found in an archaeological dig;
yet, some look to the cuttlefish.
Such an important mitzvah
for the sake of the tzitzis (fringes);
the pious wait for the true color,
to be discovered, bringing renewal.