Dream a Little Dream

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: Write About a Dream You Remember Once upon a time, when I remembered dreams, I journaled them. I could now dig up the archives and write about one of them, but that would be ancient history – the issues to which they pointed are long resolved or accommodated. I know I continueContinue reading “Dream a Little Dream”

Life Commandments

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What is your favorite quote and why? This pretty much sums up my approach to life. It’s simple but not simplistic. If I filter it through the recurring four-gospel cycle championed by Alexander John Shaia, it involves engagement with times of enduring world-shattering change, persisting through pain and struggle, exalting the beautyContinue reading “Life Commandments”

Twelfth Day of Christmas

Twelve drummers drumming refers to the twelve dot points of the Apostle’s Creed which, in Roman Catholic tradition runs “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of theContinue reading “Twelfth Day of Christmas”

Toyin’ with my mind

#Bloganuary today prompts us to write about a favourite childhood toy. I went out to the garage and pulled down the box that stores the remnants of my old Hornby O gauge train set. I think I was about 6 or 7 when it appeared under the Christmas Tree. I had hours of fun layingContinue reading “Toyin’ with my mind”

‘leventh of Christmas

I have been chided simultaneously both for being overly strict to form and too free and easy. This means I’ve got it about right. Even so, squeezing “Eleventh day of Christmas into a 5 syllable haiku opening has me bracing myself! I am told the pipers piping are the eleven faithful apostles (after Judas hasContinue reading “‘leventh of Christmas”

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 ChristmasPirouetting, whirling danceSpirit rejoices. In the soft tones of nativity, Spirit nurtures maturity.

Eighth Day of Christmas

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 ChristmasExit old, inContinue reading “Eighth Day of Christmas”

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”