I'm so thrilled to tell you about a new book of poetry by my good friend, Susan Baller-Shepard. The title is simply: DOE. Many of Susan's poems feature the nature world, which she loves, but they explore and reveal the human experience, from a uniquely female lens. Susan is a pastor and religion … [Read more...] about DOE, poems of innocence, atrocity, and other female concerns
Last October I posted a Fall Haiku, the fall tree with a Stop sign. That was fun, so let's try it again. On Saturday I visited a friend at her cabin in the Poconos. The trees seemed especially gorgeous! Then I realized that my polarizing sunglasses made a world of difference. Check it out (I took … [Read more...] about Haiku: Polarization
Here's a picture of fall leaves and a Stop sign, from Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan. This photo seems to beg for a haiku, doesn't it? I invite you to write one and leave it in the comments! A haiku is 3 lines which don't rhyme: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. … [Read more...] about Stop. This Picture Needs a Haiku.
Gulls flap. Ospreys dive. Tankers growl. Speedboats buzz. But no motor = Quiet. … [Read more...] about My First Sailing Adventure — Annapolis, MD
Pardon me. I had intended to write something profound about church leadership and spiritual formation, but last night Wrangler pestered me with her meows. I am sympathetic to having a poem that needs to find expression. So here it is, her latest haiku. Personally, I thought it was quite good, a … [Read more...] about Cat Haiku, “Fine Lines from Felines”
Saturday is World Water Day. Sunday's lectionary text is the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, found here (via Bible Gateway). Here's a refrain I long ago adapted from somewhere. For months I had the words perched on the windowsill near the sink so I could hum it as I did dishes. … [Read more...] about A Refrain for Lent: Living Water
Just yesterday this outdoor bench was barber's stool now a seat for snow. PS: I gave Doug a haircut on this stool the day *before* yesterday but I couldn't make that fit the haiku. It was a warm breezy day with chirping birds. … [Read more...] about St. Patrick’s Day Snowstorm
Boston, overnight. Lodged well, Fed well, Found this plaque, Which has been forgot. … [Read more...] about A Haiku: Lent & St. Patrick’s Day
Ashes on the brow. Dirty, but clean. Cold, but warm. Sunlight shines off snow. … [Read more...] about A Haiku for Ash Wednesday
Cupids Everywhere. Friend tells me: My wife walked out. February Freeze. … [Read more...] about Haiku: February Freeze
Sitting in my chair plucking words. No, not that one. Too many syllables. … [Read more...] about Writing a Haiku About Writing a Haiku
Eugene Peterson's poem, Cradle. Thanks to Eerdmans Publishing. … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas Eve!