Seven of Christmas

I have to title it this way to manage a haiku’s first line of five syllables (eleven will present a challenge!) “Seven swans a swimming” traditionally represent the old charismatic gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Seven of ChristmasSages of long past agesRenew our deep fire Digging intoContinue reading “Seven of Christmas”

Sixth Day of Christmas

Six geese a-layin’ somehow symbolise the six days of creation. The prologue of the fourth gospel draws strong identification of the Logos, Christ, with the beginning of all things. Somehow geese invite contemplation of how even the absurd fits into the matrix of all that is. Sixth day of ChristmasGeese and ganders proud paradesound forthContinue reading “Sixth Day of Christmas”

Fifth Day of Christmas

Those five golden rings traditionally stand for the Pentateuch – the first five books of the Hebrew and Christian sacred texts. The law of Moses distilled in the Christ gift. The principle of Shalom that underwrites stable and fulfilled society. Love actually! Fifth Day of ChristmasSumptuous summer sales soarWiser heads relax To produce is toContinue reading “Fifth Day of Christmas”

Fourth Day of Christmas

Take a pick from your four favourite Hebrew prophets, the four gospels, or (perhaps topically) the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Or why not all together? They tell a whole story – premonition, action and completion. A haiku followed by an American Sentence. Fourth Day of ChristmasEarth, fire, air and water danceLogos appears now! Past,Continue reading “Fourth Day of Christmas”

Third Day of Christmas

In the song, “Twelve Days of Christmas”, on this day, the true love sends three French hens. Some traditions say that this day symbolizes faith, hope and charity, or the Holy Trinity, or the three gifts of the Magi. It is also the Feast of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Today, as we languish inContinue reading “Third Day of Christmas”

Day Two of Christmas

Temperature wise, Boxing Day eclipses yesterday by hitting the mercury at 44 Celsius (111.2 Fahrenheit). With Perth dipping into long avoided COVID restrictions (masks in internal public gatherings) and Christmas Day fatigue, we are skipping church services today. Great opportunity, however, to reflect more deeply on this season that we have entered and how oneContinue reading “Day Two of Christmas”

Haiku Happy – First Day of Christmas

In seeking to revive some wordsmith skills, I intend to irritate my readers with some 5/7/5 syllable poetic reflections after the Japanese haiku style. I have already learned of a school of thought that asserts that English iterations of this style tend to do little justice to the beauty of classic Japanese literary rhythms. Instead,Continue reading “Haiku Happy – First Day of Christmas”

Cleaning out the Garage

Cleaning up, I just found this laminated prayer that was fixed to the dashboard of our white Falcon on a road trip across the Nullarbor. I have just remarked to some friends that launching into 2022, because of personal and global circumstances, seems to be calling us to adopt the Celtic monk perspective of launchingContinue reading “Cleaning out the Garage”