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• Friday, April 10th, 2009

The Song of Solomon, better named the Song of Songs, is a poetic allegory full of passion for Earth Community. Lyrics ooze delight in wild animals—doves, gazelles, foxes, lions, leopards, and ravens. Growing up, Jesus drank wine and danced and sang lyrics from the Song of Songs during multiple nature festivals. Fascinatingly, it is the only book in the Bible in which the names of God in their myriad forms do not appear.

The dominant singers are an enchanting Woman and her male lover, both thinly disguised as two voices of Mother Earth. Enchanting Woman is wild. She sings, “In sandy Earth or in deep valley soil, I, a wild flower, grow (2:1-3, RSV). “The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag.” He echoes back, “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice (2:8-14). He hastens to her presence, marked by aromatic myrrh, frankincense, and spices (4:6-14). Earth Community members clearly are actors in the musical ensemble. “Living Water, you are a fountain, a well, a river. Come, north winds and south winds! Breathe upon my garden (4:15-16).”

The Song of Songs involves an array of More-than-Humans. There are twenty-five kinds of trees, flowers, herbs, fruits, nuts, and spices. Water manifests itself in torrents, floods, streams, and dew. The hills, clefts, caves, ravines, valleys, groves, and stones of Earth appear, along with cultivated pastures, orchards, and vineyards. Elemental sun, moon, wind, air, and fire figure in the allegory.

Today in a Green Revolution we need for our songwriting to draw upon earthy lyrics from the most green and sensuous book in the Bible, the Song of Songs.

Category: Spirituality
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