Saturday, June 06, 2009

To see whether the vines had budded

11 אֶל־גִּנַּ֤ת אֱגֹוז֙ יָרַ֔דְתִּי לִרְאֹ֖ות בְּאִבֵּ֣י הַנָּ֑חַל לִרְאֹות֙ הֲפָֽרְחָ֣ה הַגֶּ֔פֶן הֵנֵ֖צוּ הָרִמֹּנִֽים׃

I went down to the nut orchard,
to look at the blossoms of the valley,
to see whether the vines had budded,
whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
--Song of Songs 6.11

The photo above is of my Thompson seedless grapevine, taken this morning after watering. When I look at the growing grapes I always think of this song. Yes, song. I don't really know this verse in English, but I have sung it in Hebrew for years (and danced to it back in 1966-67). It's one of my faves (clearly if it has stuck with me all this time).

Come, my beloved, let us go down to the fields.....

--the BB

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