It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we’re getting all loved up at Sadeh. As the first UK Jewish farm and environmental community of our generation, we celebrate the beauty all around us in nature, and there’s no better way to express our love of the environment than through the medium of poetry.
At least a third of the Torah is written in poetry, and Jewish poets have been writing since biblical times. Jewish poetry has been influenced by Spanish meter and rhyme, Italian wit, and Palestinian biblical motifs. Our diaspora has produced beautiful writings that we would love to share with you.
We’ve scoured our library of Jewish anthologies to bring you our favourite poems about nature, and we’d love to hear yours too. Leave us a comment and we’ll make sure to check it out.
We particularly love ‘Hagar’s Song,’ written especially for us by Sarah Kendal, about Hagar’s decision to leave behind a life of luxury and work the land with her fellow women.
Please also enjoy Mary Oliver’s ‘Wild Geese’ which is a favourite of Sadeh community member Deana Gershuny.
If you’ve written a poem about nature that you’d like us to showcase in our next newsletter, give us a shout. Go on – spread the love!