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August 29, 2009

Haiku and Also with You

Who doesn't like haiku--that endearing five-seven-five syllabic poetry form that can be as poignant as it can be prosaic? Rebecca featured a couple in her first ever Strangely Dim post, that's how awesome haiku are. I wonder if haiku can also be devotional, even creedal. I've heard lately of people writing their testimonies on pieces of cardboard, tweeting their theology in 140 characters or less, even presenting Christianity in no more than three words. So haiku ought to do, if you take my meaning.


I'll try a couple; I invite you to post your own as we enter into an open-ended season of sporadic faith-based haiku. Or something like that.


God created us.

When he did, he called us good.

Taste the irony.


Jesus saves sinners.

Why would he do such a thing?

Sinners are naughty.


The earth is the Lord's.

He put us in charge of it.

Sorry for that, Earth.




Your turn, everyone!

Write a haiku--or seven

It's fun--believe me!

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at August 29, 2009 7:04 AM Bookmark and Share


Little light of mine.
Let not anger put you out.
Instead feed you love.


At his feet again.
Giving him all my worries.
In Christ I will trust.

Comment by: Lindsay at August 29, 2009 5:08 PM

What sound do you hear
When God is calling your name?
Whispers? Laughter? Bells?

Comment by: Jeannine at August 29, 2009 7:22 PM

Deep Within my soul
Tormented darkness is found
Daily taking toll

Light of God enter
Release my wounded spirit
Holy defender

Where innocence lost
Your love abounds freely Lord
How great was your cost

Broken spirit rise
Meet your maker, walk daily
before your demise

Thank you my Father
For bringing me peace and joy
Love one another

Comment by: kathy guerra at August 30, 2009 9:48 AM

The early church prayed -
Three thousand saved in one day.
What about today?

Comment by: Andrew Wheeler at September 6, 2009 9:21 PM

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

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