#Bloganuary No. 2

What’s a road trip you’d like to take?

They ask me this and I scratch my head,
I’ve done a few, and of more I’ve read,
What can eclipse the roads I’ve traveled
And the stories and thoughts that they in turn unravelled.

Our very own Nullarbor had its Kombi run
Roos, wombats and camels in the burning sun
Hitchhikers share the driving load
A thousand kilometers straight of unbending road.

The road from Amman to Petra ran past
The Wadi Musa where Moses’ water flowed fast
And what could beat the old Al Khazneh treasury
Immortalized by Indiana of current screen memory.

The Grand Ol ‘Opry House in Tennessee
Launched our troupe north through green Kentucky
Fields of Ohio, Virginia thunder
Our church history alive, and we’re from Down Under.

Bulawayo to the bush winds a long dusty track
We travel to schools and communities out back
We listen to stories and talk about hope
Sink bores for water; with these we’ll all cope.

Maharashtra in India runs east to west
The road is quite crowded, we all do our best
From Mumbai to Yavatmal is quite a long haul
But the people we meet make it all a big ball!

So “What’s a road trip you’d like to take?”
One of these again – for old time’s sake!

Ninth Day of Christmas

The Good Book tells us “… the [nine] fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5), and the song gives us nine ladies dancing.

Ninth Day of Christmas
Pirouetting, whirling dance
Spirit rejoices.

In the soft tones of nativity, Spirit nurtures maturity.

Bloganuary Challenge

Throughout January, my blog host, WordPress, poses a daily question in its Bloganuary challenge

It kicks off with “What advice would you give your teenage self?”

Let me respond by trying something new – a biolet (poetic device that follows ABabBA – any meter)

Acknowledge your fear
Let go of your timidity
Within you is the courage of a lion
Unleash it and the whole world will invite you in
Let go of your timidity
Acknowledge your fear

Gweru, Zimbabwe, 2014

Eighth Day of Christmas

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The eighth day of Christmas coincides with the first day of the New Year on the Gregorian calendar. In Christian symbolism, coincidentally, it stands for resurrection, regeneration and new beginnings (eight people not only survived the Great Deluge, but represent humanity’s new start.)
All this in eight maids a-milkin’!

Eighth day of Christmas
Exit old, in with the new

In the vast circle of life, the finish is also a beginning!

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 Christmas
Sages of long past ages
Renew our deep fire

Digging into ancient wisdom thrusts us into the eternal now.

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 Christmas
Geese and ganders proud parade
sound forth creation.

The music of the spheres and amusement of odd creatures sing glory

Fifth Day of Christmas

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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 Christmas
Sumptuous summer sales soar
Wiser heads relax

To produce is to encourage to consume; to be to love to live.

Fourth Day of Christmas

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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 Christmas
Earth, fire, air and water dance
Logos appears now!

Past, present and things to come conspire to sing the eternal moment!

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 in Perth’s third day of our Christmas heatwave, we reflect on the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a spiritual giant of South Africa. Today thus calls for both a haiku and an American Sentence!

Third day of Christmas
hens peck their way to glory
laying eggs of gold.

In blissful mirth and common sense, the Arch dances through the golden gates.