9/04/2006

Anglican / Episcopal Haiku

Ok…so relaxation means too much time on my hands. Still, a small challenge came out of reverie yesterday. I was listening to Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, (Car Talk) on NPR and they were talking about haiku poems, and gave some examples of automotive haiku. I laughed a lot.

It got me to thinking about Anglican / Episcopal haiku possibilities. I am using the 5/7/5 syllable form. Here are some possibilities.

Something for the Gospel on Pentecost, proper 17.

Ah! Work.

Defiled unclean hands;
Contrite and resolute hearts:
Change is master now.


Or a haiku lament for broken relations in the Anglican Communion:

Silence

I have no passport;
No one comes to visit any more:
My city is plowed land.


Or a haiku delight in the freedom of spirit:

I vote yes!

The gate is open:
Hope is everything, and joy.
Sorry for the rulers.

Perhaps you have more. These are minor examples of a form which in the hands of my most excellent readers will blossom into poems of pure joy.

Try your hand, and post them as comments here.

9 comments:

  1. Writing haiku can be an interesting challenge. It is sometimes hard to convince oneself that you have actually said anything, since you have so few syllables to work with. I have written a collection called “Haiku Meditations on the Church Year”. I was not so ambitious as to try to write a poem for every Sunday of the year!

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  2. Grandmère Mimi4/9/06 5:02 PM

    Haiku Prayer

    God, my Creator,
    My Alpha and my Omega;
    Fill my heart with love.

    Not really Anglican/Episcopalian, is it? But it's what I have.

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  3. Lionel's haiku meditations are wonderfu. Thanks Lionel for the link.

    Grandmere mimi...loved it! Thanks. Where are the other brave souls?

    Here is one more:

    Suspect:

    Peculiar birth, mother
    Jewish, Father universal;
    walks through closed doors.

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  4. Bill Carroll5/9/06 11:07 AM

    Blood poured out questions
    Pure ones, leaving hope amid
    ambiguity

    To trust the process,
    A mark of our Communion,
    But which process, where?

    Christ the lamb opens
    And no one can shut the door
    Why then do some try?

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  5. Widening Gyre6/9/06 9:13 AM

    The Invitation.

    The table is set.
    Wine poured out and broken bread.
    Come Lord Jesus, come.

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  6. Mists hover at dawn
    glory sun in pink flowing
    peace over water

    ###

    politics betray
    faithlessness in his good way
    weariness not peace

    ###

    shadows play on walls
    pray slow motion solitude
    Spirit breathes morning

    ###

    break fast Eucharist
    reveals him in breaking bread
    joy discerning him

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  7. Grandmère Mimi7/9/06 4:03 PM

    O my! Everyone, lovely haikus here; just beautiful.

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  8. Here's a couple that I wrote a few years ago...

    "The Feast"

    Candles burn-the smoke
    drifts up from the Great Table;
    It carries prayers

    Stately procession;
    vestments sewn in bright colors
    following the cross

    The priest, hands raised, speaks;
    and begins the liturgy
    'the Lord be with you'

    Priest, then people, call;
    waves of the liturgy wash
    upon heaven's shores

    The bread is broken
    the wine poured out for us all;
    we are one with God

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    "The Church"

    Via media
    walks not left or right only;
    but sways to each side

    Established in Christ;
    shaped by hands of kings and queens
    and spread through the world

    Is she one large church?
    or many congregations?
    both; and neither one

    Forces from within
    stretch and strain to change her shape;
    Christ can still be seen

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  9. Sorry to be so late

    Jesus Lamb of God:
    At the table I'm in awe
    How great was the gift

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