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October 30th, 2011
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In Honor of this Week's Parasha (Noach)
I present this lovely little poem based on part of the Noah story. It's by Emily Dickinson and it has the lovely lyrical title of "Poem 48":

Once more, my now bewildered Dove
Bestirs her puzzled wings
Once more her mistress, on the deep
Her troubled question flings—

Thrice to the floating casement
The Patriarch's bird returned,
Courage! My brave Columba!
There may yet be Land!

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From:talktooloose
Date:October 31st, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
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That is lovely, thank you.

I just learned that the vikings used to bring ravens on their ships because ravens will fly very high and will not land on water. So, they would send them aloft, and if the bird spotted land, it went there and the boat followed. If not, returned to the boat. A raven discovered Iceland.
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From:mofic
Date:November 1st, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
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Cool! In the biblical story he sends a raven, who doesn't come back, and then he sends the dove, who does. The second time she comes back with an olive branch in her mouth and the third time she doesn't because she finds land.
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From:talktooloose
Date:November 1st, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh, isn't that interesting! I didn't know about the raven. Well, it makes sense! The raven saw land and said, "Later, Noah!" while the pigeon returned to roost.

Have you ever heard of the novel, Not Wanted on the Voyage? It's by the brilliant late Canadian author Timothy Findlay, and its his fantastical and very dark retelling of the Noah story. It is a book about the violence of patriarchy. Noah, mad with fervour, saves his family from the flood, but then becomes a despotic instrument of God who, unbeknownst to Noah, actually dies in the early pages of the novel. I've never really read a book like it, in the way that it marries genres.
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From:mofic
Date:November 2nd, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I never heard of that novel, but it sounds fascinating.
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