Many have wondered how this passionate correspondence between two lovers managed to be included in the Holy Scriptures.
Song of Songs 2:8-13
retold by Deborah
The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
a variation by Deborah
Listen and you will hear it!
God’s heartbeat: that warm deep rumble,
the sound of the living earth, the sound of life.
It makes my spirit leap within me
like a deer bounding across the hillside.
Be still and you will feel it!
God is laughing: that marvelous sweep of joy
that inspires hope and imagination,
cascading through the universe,
spinning the stars and stirring the oceans.
It is the voice of the Beloved!
Pouring down the mountains,
covering the valleys with wildflowers
and filling the rivers with sparkling water.
And all the earth rejoices:
trees lift up their branches,
dolphins dance with pure delight,
dandelions drift in blissful ecstasy,
and rabbits jump for joy,
ocean waves clap their hands,
kelp swoons in ecstasy,
whales hum their holy songs,
and sea lions shout “hallelujah!”
snakes draw love letters in the sand,
coyotes lift up their voices
in the desert chorus of praise,
and owls hoot out “amen.”
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