ArmourQuill Hunter

Rookie - 0 Points (1949 / Fort Smith, AR)

The Testimony Of The Shoe - Poem by ArmourQuill Hunter

Anything concerning change or redeeming was acted-out by the shoe exchange.
As in the marriage contract of Ruth (the stranger) with Boaz for the Biblical gain.
A man acquires a woman in one of-3-ways: money, contract, and intercourse.
Such diversified relationships of today; a contract of shoe might not be recourse.

Ideologically, unlike biblical times, this contract is never done with a shoe.
A coin was hollowed out to make a ring; its value had to be of solid metal too.
Then was emphasis on preserving 'inheritance and name, ' not the power game.
Thus terms of that contract, agreed upon, confirmed their path to attain.

The chuppah/ or symbolic bridal chamber was “a canopy” held over the new bride.
No patronizing of the hierarchy, or sporadic outbreak of snobbery, did they abide.
This masterful eloquence in ceremony, was the Tallit, which made them one.
Referring to such a time when gallantry, of man’s word, was more than fun.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 29, 2006



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