from THE BOOK OF RUTH AND NAOMI
By Marge Piercy
At the season of first fruits, we recall
two travellers, co-conspirators, scavengers
making do with leftovers and mill ends,
whose friendship was stronger than fear,
stronger than hunger, who walked together,
the road of shards, hands joined.
Editor’s Note: Now is the time of Shavuot, a Jewish holiday with roots in ancient Canaanite mid-summer harvest celebrations. For Shavuot we read The Book of Ruth, a biblical tale rare in that it centers around the friendship of two women and reveres lovingkindness. Explore this story more deeply and discover a terrain that is natural, pastoral, and sexual, characters who push boundaries and subvert traditional gender roles, and two women who–in friendship–“walked together, / the road of shards, hands joined.”
Want to read more Ruth and Naomi poems?
“The Book of Ruth and Naomi” (full poem) – Jewish Heritage Online Magazine
Poems of Ruth – The Velveteen Rabbi
The Story of Ruth, in Three Poems by Erika Dreifus – Tablet
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