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Summer Night's Dance

All was silver and gold that endless summer night
Dancing in fields in the time between times
The sun, moon, the stars in that perfect sky
Clothed in white dresses, borrowed from a friend.
Each dress washed in holy water, then donned
To dance in the vineyards, singing for soulmates
 
Young men observed unseen, each seeking
Their balanced counterpart, their perfect one
She who would make their soul complete
Mother to his children, helpmeet of his life
 
Rich girls borrowed dresses from girls with less
Poor girls, garbed in gowns of princesses
Money was no matter, for character’s measure
The singular quality sought on this summer night.
 
Each man would choose, according to his fancy
Should she deign to accept, then they would marry
Two come to stand under the wedding canopy
Glass would shatter, they leave united as one.
inechoingsilence
Written by inechoingsilence
Published | Edited 16th May 2019
Author's Note
In ancient times, the 15th of Av (which started the night before, as do all Jewish holidays- usually in late July/early August) was the day that young Jewish women would go out into the fields...
In ancient times, the 15th of Av (which started the night before, as do all Jewish holidays- usually in late July/early August) was the day that young Jewish women would go out into the fields dressed in white and dance together. Poor women wore the dresses of the rich, and vice versa to prevent money and status clouding the judgement of the young men selecting their brides. Under the chuppah (wedding canopy) the ceremony ends when the groom smashes a small glass under his foot. Other aspects of Jewish thought in regards to love, soulmates, and marriage are also interwoven.
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