Saturday, December 08, 2018

Haikus for Advent: Week One





At the beginning of Advent, I decided that I would compose a haiku each day for the duration of the Advent season and post it on Twitter. Here on the blog I will post the previous week's poems at the end of each week.

My approach to this little project is pretty simple: each day I just choose some image or word to focus on related to Advent, Christmas, winter, nature, etc. I'm not linking them thematically one after another in any way beyond that. And I am not really holding myself strictly to all the traditional rules of haiku: I'm just using the pattern of seventeen syllables (5 - 7 - 5) to structure the poem.

Here are the haikus from Week One:

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Ordinary  Time
ends and Advent invites us
to be still, to wait

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light the hope candle
its flame pierces the darkness
small but persistent

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L'Engle calls Advent
"the irrational season":
faith, not certainty

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child kicks in the womb
Mary moves slowly these days
highly favoured one

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air swirling with snow
the sky is gray: nighttime
flees late, falls early

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come, Immanuel
let your love and justice break
the curse's power

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ground and trees are bare
creatures store up winter food
to feast on later

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I hope you enjoy these tiny poems. You can check back here in a week to see the haikus from Week Two -- or you can follow me on Twitter, if you're not doing so already, to read them day by day.


8 comments:

  1. Thank you Jeannie. This is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Sue! Always appreciate your comments.

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  2. Thank-you Jeannie. These are really great.

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  3. The winter night and child kicking haiku are my favorite, but all of them are wonderful, Jeannie. These are all thought provoking and beautiful at once.

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  4. A true breathe of fresh air this morning, Jeannie. Beautiful, soothing.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Linda. Thanks for being here!

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