A Tribute to the Poetess of Proverbs

Introduction:  I’ve often speculated that much of the book of Proverbs was orally transmitted to King Solomon by his mother, whose yearnings for her son were expressed in prayers sung over him like a lullabye.  I love that much of Proverbs 1-9 reveals a strong feminine voice.  Proverbs 31 can also be read as a tribute to the feminine voice.  Anyway this poem is my effort to honor that woman as I imagine her.  Naturally, it is also inspired by my current life with baby Aaron.


A woman weaves

Thread against colored thread

Crafting beauty with patience


A child sleeps; the woman dreams

of Wisdom, dancing with lightness, hovering

Like white birds governing

Revelations propelled by the heart of Creation


I will bless you my son

With a tapestry of Joy


With all that is good in me,

With all that I didn’t earn but has lit my darkness

With these I’ll compose a longing, a song

Praying Wisdom may master your heart

And Knowledge may sweeten your soul

Early on may you follow the dawn

Early on may you forego folly

Early on may the brightness of the noonday compel you

To the Love of ADONAI forever


I will bless you my son

With a tapestry of Freedom


The woman weaves

By a window open to receive:

Jewel-like water and houses glinting in the sun


The child coos. The woman breathes.

Wave after stirring wave

Of pure air spiced with wildness




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8 thoughts on “A Tribute to the Poetess of Proverbs

  1. jesse says:

    i love it when anything coos 🙂 nice poem becka!

  2. Allen says:

    As sweet as a baby’s sleep. A wonderful expression of the joy and pleasure you are experiencing in your soul and in your home. I love it.

  3. Allen says:

    this is so beautiful. It makes me sigh with contentment!

  4. Mindy says:

    that last one was not Allen!

  5. Mindy says:

    Hey… it deleated the last 2 comments

  6. Mindy says:

    ok I’ll try again… I said this poem is beautiful. It’s filled with contentment and joy!

  7. Allen says:

    I love it! A beautiful expression of what you are experiencing in your heart and home. May the glory of the Lord shine around you!

  8. Jackie says:

    What a beautiful poem and artwork . . . it captures the essence of maternal love. Your juices are flowing! Keep it up!
    Love, Jackie

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