View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Haiku - God bless you, 2

Rather than have you read through all that prose in the last entry, here’s just the haiku. I’ll start with mine:

April morning –
cardinals in conclave
at the bird feeder

April morning walk
reciting the rosary -
good exercise

abbey chapel –
monks celebrate Mass
as crickets chant

A single candle
burns in the quiet chapel
outside … cicadas

in the window seat
the divinity student rests –
sunlight haloes her

outside the abbey
the bird in the sycamore
falls silent
(in memory of Thomas Merton)

Pentecost Sunday –
the cantor turns red when she
sings the wrong note

Now the others -

Seishi Yamaguchi. -

The Lord’s hands and feet,
with nails hammered through them –
dewdrops on blossoms.

Mass on the river –
crystals of the rosary
scatter in the water

from Small world: Haiku on the way by Dermot O'Brien.

The pearl among stars
his new found knowledge of God
on a cold hill-top

Beneath the bright stars
a boy on a hill sensing
the nearness of God

Catholic Doors Ministry – Haiku Prayer #1

We praise you, O God,
for forming Mary to be
mother of your Son.

First communion:
light shining from the chalice
into the boy’s face - Rich Youmans

ash wednesday
a streetcleaner sweeps confetti
into the fire - Frank K. Robinson

Ash Wednesday –
on the playground children
compare smudges - Ursula Sandlee

Easter sunrise
lighting the candles
in the longleaf pine - Kenneth C. Leibman

Christmas Eve…
in the snowbank
a full-grown angle print - Elizabeth St. Jacques

Christmas Eve;
hanging her ornaments
without her - Ce Rosenow

Christmas Eve –
Lonely granny at the station:
Shelter till midnight mass. – Pachnik Zoltan


Blogger Therese Z said...

Thank you for posting this one:

ash wednesday
a streetcleaner sweeps confetti
into the fire
- Frank K. Robinson

it's amazing which one will leap out at you.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

It is amazing. What touches me might not touch you, and what touches you might not touch me. I think that God has given us so many forms of creativity so that there's something for everyone. - Lee

9:19 PM  

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