A few years ago I started a project and in honor of the ending of national poetry month, I am going to start a new blog tradition! The project is rewriting the Psalms from the Bible in a more feminist, inclusive manner. Other poets have already done this, but I honestly did not know that when I started the project! I am also horrible at finishing the artsy projects that I start, so in order to encourage myself to finish what I started, I am going to post one of my efforts once a week! I would absolutely LOVE any and all honest criticism-one day I would like to have them published, but I cannot do that if I never receive honest feedback! I have only shown them to a few people and those that have seen them, have liked them, but that does not mean that you will too... This first psalm is meant to be read in the call and answer style, with "L" meaning "Leader" and "P" for the "People."
L: Blessed is the woman, man, or child who does not walk in the counsel of the ignorant
P: But walks with them
L: Nor stands in the path of sinners
P: But stands with them
L: Nor sits in the seat of the scornful
P: But sits with them.
All: One does not have to follow another’s counsel in order to feel their pain.
Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of LOVE, and who meditates upon LOVE’s teachings both day and night.
L: O Blessed One, you shall be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water that brings forth in its season.
P: Whose leaf also shall not wither;
All: And whatever you do in truth shall prosper.
L: The ignorant are not to be feared, but are like dead weeds which the wind drives
away. Therefore, the ignorant shall not stand in the judgement.
P: But they will not be forgotten, for there is always room in the congregation of the righteous.
All: For LOVE knows the way of the righteous is a yearning inside every hungry heart and that one day the path of ignorance shall be no more.