Monday, December 30, 2019

He was in the world

Haiku of the Word

He was in the world;
he whose heartbeat resonates
with earth’s deep rhythms.

They did not know him;
his own people, not seeing
nor receiving him.

They are crying out,
yearning, aching. They will not
come, they will not hear.

He is in the world
at one with God, and with us;
listen to his words.

What will his words be?
Words that challenge and disturb,
turning upside down.

Some were listening,
taking his words deep within,
God’s faithful children.

And the Word became.
one of us, with flesh and blood,
with pain and dying.

Here, then, is wonder;
here is grace and here is truth,
for each one of us.

© Ken Rookes 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

The gospel puzzle


Haiku of resolution.

The gospel puzzle:
Jesus the Galilean,
born in Bethlehem.

Rounding his story
Matthew give us more angels
to sort the mess out.

Despotic Herod’s
plans are spoiled, the infant
retreats to safety.

The threat is given
substance in a massacre;
a lucky escape!

Acts of cruelty
abound in human affairs;
why not another?

So the family
seeks refuge, South, in Egypt.
Like their ancestors.

It falls to Joseph,
family head, provider,
to protect his child.

Micah took us to
Bethlehem for the birth, time
now for Nazareth!

The conundrum solved!
The refugee family
settles in the North.

© Ken Rookes 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Becoming flesh

Haiku of wonder

In the beginning.
What a great opening line;
so much could follow.

Logos, more than word;
impossible mystery,
the essence of God.

There at creation,
alongside and one with God,
through whom all things come.

The six days give way
to the big bang universe;
was the Logos there?

Logos, source of life,
light challenging the darkness,
never submitting.

The true light arrives
to enlighten humankind;
may that day come soon!

Somehow mystery
takes flesh, coming among us;
living and dying.

Can you see where he
does touch earth with grace and hope;
will you receive him?

You who receive him
are his sisters and brothers;
children of God’s will.

© Ken Rookes 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Natal Narratives

Haiku for a birthday

History retreats
as the birth stories unfold,
highlighting wonder.

Natal narratives,
much loved by card designers;
but no shepherds here!

Matthew takes Joseph,
scripting him the leading role,
puts him centre stage.

Found to be with child!
Mary; what to do with her?
Joseph measures up.

As the story goes
an angel helps him decide,
to do the right thing.

The child, he is told,
is conceived through the Spirit.
Most improbable!

Hooray for Joseph!
By obedience and love
the story proceeds.

The child will be born
and the course of salvation
will not be hindered.

© Ken Rookes 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Song of Mary


Song of justice, song of peace,
song of struggle, song that pleads,
song to stir the anxious breast,
song that brings the weary, rest.
Song that speaks into the pain
song to bring us back again.
Song upon the lips of Mary,
song to make the rich folk wary.

Song of revolution shout,
song to throw the despots out.
Song of promise for the poor,
song that opens up the door.
Song to ring across the nations,
song of reconciliation.
Song of blessing from above,
song of unexpected love.


Song for widow, orphan, stranger;
song to celebrate the anger.
Song of laughter, song of tears,
song that challenges the fears.
Song of trouble, song of strife
song of hope and truth and life.
Song that overturns the wrong,
sing with Mary, join the song.


© Ken Rookes 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019

Doubting in the dark

Haiku of unexpected hope

John the Baptiser
languishing in the dungeon;
doubting in the dark.

Sending out his friends
to find out. Are you the One
or must we still wait?

Return to John, tell
of the things you see and hear;
life in its fullness.

Tell of God’s welcome,
the outsiders who find home,
of friendship’s triumph.

Tell of the confused
who have come to understand;
lives renewed by love.

Tell of the gospel
taking root in aching hearts,
producing much fruit.

Tell of forgiveness
bringing many beginnings,
joy blended with hope.

Tell prophet-man John
that God’s reign is upon us,
and to be at peace.

© Ken Rookes 2019.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Baptiser cries

Haiku of expectation

The Baptiser cries
loudly his words to repent,
and weeps in silence.

In his op-shop clothes
of camel hair, leather belt,
catches them off-guard!

Make ready, he says;
things are changing, a new day
is about to dawn.

You privileged ones,
presuming on your birthrights;
produce fruits of love.

No place for smugness
you who think you have arrived;
you must live justly.

Flee the coming wrath;
produce fruits of justice, and
generosity.

One is coming soon,
with greater, more powerful
words of hope and life.

He will bring judgement.
There is really no need; we
bring it on ourselves.


© Ken Rookes 2019

The storm

Haiku of stillness After a long day telling stories, parables, Jesus needs a break. Suggests a boat trip. Let us cross the lake; ...