Monday, January 27, 2020


Haiku of revolutionary blessings

They are outrageous,
these beatitude sayings;
will you believe them?

What is he thinking?
How do such wild thoughts arise?
Impossible hopes!

Things turn upside down:
the poor, the mournful, the meek,
they will know blessing.

The merciful ones;
to them will mercy be shown.
Let us show mercy.

The ones who build peace,
are the ones God loves the most:
they are God’s children.

Those whose hearts are pure,
open, giving, believing;
God’s face shines on them.

When they revile you
as a disciple, Rejoice!
Your reward is great.

© Ken Rookes 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020


Haiku of the dawn

The light is dawning!
Image of hope and promise
for those in darkness.

What might the dawn mean
for those battling bushfires,
blanketed by smoke?

What might the dawn mean
for those whose home is sinking
beneath the ocean?

What might Jesus mean
to the poor, the wretched,
the vulnerable?

What might Jesus mean
to those cursed with riches, ease,
power and comfort.

Some fisher-people,
without much to leave behind
opt to go with him.

Discarding their nets
and all other cords that bind,
to follow the light.

He came to be light,
to bring hope, to conquer fear;
love begetting life.

© Ken Rookes 2020.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The changing of the guard


John was a prophet
who had his own disciples,
loyal, devoted.

Tradition tells us
that when Jesus took the stage
John moved to one side.

I am just a voice,
John said, One sent to prepare
the way for the Lord.

Dove-like, God’s Spirit
rests on him. He will immerse
you in his Spirit.

That one there, John said,
pointing to Jesus. That’s him,
The Lamb sent from God!

Two disciples heard,
took leave from the Baptiser,
and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned, asked them,
What is it you’re looking for?
Great question, Jesus!

What are you seeking?
What will fill your emptiness,
what will give you life?

Who do you follow?
Where do your commitments lie,
who will be your Lord?

© Ken Rookes 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020

It's a beginning

Haiku for getting wet

In Jordan’s waters
John calls folk to turn to God
and baptises them.

Leave your sin behind,
God’s kingdom is near at hand,
embrace God’s new way.

Leaving Galilee
and his quiet village life,
Jesus comes to John.

Jordan’s waters call;
Jesus comes to be baptised.
John is hesitant.

It’s a beginning,
says Jesus. Let’s do it right:
for now, baptise me.

Signs come from above,
as water pours from his brow.
A dove and a voice.

A retrospective
voice of divine approval,
from gospel writers.

In his baptism,
as in ours, the call to serve
and to live full true.

© Ken Rookes 2020

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; ...