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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Haiku

Face of an angel
And the words of a prophet
And the martyr's crown

Acts of the Apostles 6:8-15; 7:1-5, 47-60

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016 Haiku

Treat all as your kin
Whatever doesn't do so
Sever and burn it

I Timothy 5:1-10; Mark 9:42-50; 10:1

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Haiku

Diet, exercise:
But you must carry the cross
To become cross-fit

Colossians 2:20-23; 3:1-3; Luke 14:25-35

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Haiku

Hidden from angels
Who always look upon God's face
Revealed to babes

Matthew 18:10-20; Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 10:16-21

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Haiku

It isn't enough
To receive evil suff'ring
We have to give good

I Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8; Matthew 10:1, 5-8

Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Catch-up Haiku 10/13 - 10/18

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Haiku

Our head in the clouds
We are to grow up to it
As a whole body

Ephesians 4:14-17

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Friday, October 14, 2016 Haiku

If you learned the truth
Then tell it about yourself
You are not your own

Ephesians 4:17-25

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 Haiku

On the Sabbath we
Bite and chew when we should be
Bringing back to life

Luke 6:1-10

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Sunday, October 16, 2016 Haiku

If your ears will grow
They are planted in good soil
And you will eat well

Luke 8:5-15

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Monday, October 17, 2016 Haiku

You don't like your shape?
Perhaps you don't know your use
Check with the potter

Romans 9:18-33

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Haiku

Thank God those who know
Don't know much else besides him
Joy in simple things

Luke 10:16-21

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016 Haiku

Picked for a hard life
Unemployed and on the road
Yeah- Best job EVER!

Luke 6:12-19

Holy Archangels


Holy angel Gabriel
Bring me good news today
Seems everything has gone to Hell
All men have gone astray
Amid the shots curses and screams
I pray until God's glory beams
It's been so long - or so it seems
Bring me good news I pray

Holy angel Raphael
Bring healing to my soul
Go with me as I wander far
And bring me to my goal
In cold of night or desert thirst
When enemies have done their worst
When my ways seem like they're cursed
Heal me and make me whole

Holy archangel Michael
Bring my salvation near
My enemies outside and in
Keep me in constant fear
Fight all the darkness of this world
May they down to Hell be hurled
The banner of the cross unfurled
Victoriously we cheer

Lord of the Angelic Hosts
Your messengers I praise
My head I bow in thankfulness
My joyful voice I raise
For the good news that you are king
For soul and body's healing
For my enemies' conquering
Your holy angels praise

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016 Haiku

I wrote, not came there
Because I love you but I
Have to yell at you

II Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:1-4

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016 Haiku

Things go bad to worse
Just as was promised to you
You try to be good

II Timothy 3:10-15

The Great Physician
Only laid hands on a few
But he prayed for all

Luke 5:12-16

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Haiku

I will believe in you
If you give me what I want
Otherwise you're fake

You can be my lord
Only if you worship me
And make me your lord

Take a leap of faith
To show me my faithlessness
Wait - where did you go?

Luke 4:1-15

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Haiku

Let go and let man
Nail you to a cross to die
And then be God's Christ

Philippians 2:5-11

Nativity of the Theotokos 2016




There's a fiery chariot in the temple of the sky
Oh there's a fiery chariot in the temple of the sky
And there we'll see sweet Jesus coming to us by and by
Oh there's a fiery chariot in the temple of the sky

There's a gate unopened in the Eastern temple wall
Oh there's a gate unopened in the Eastern temple wall
And there will come sweet Jesus to be sacrificed for all
Oh there's a gate unopened in the Eastern temple wall

There's an ark of safety, come on brother get aboard
Oh there's an ark of safety, come on brother get aboard
And there we'll join sweet Jesus as it sails Heavenward
Oh there's an ark of safety, come on brother get aboard

There's a bush that's burning in the desert unconsumed
Oh there's a bush that's burning in the desert unconsumed
And it draws us to sweet Jesus by the way it was assumed
Oh there's a bush that's burning in the desert unconsumed

There's a fiery chariot in the temple of the sky
Oh there's a fiery chariot in the temple of the sky
And there we'll see sweet Jesus coming to us by and by
Oh there's a fiery chariot in the temple of the sky

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016 Haiku

New Year's day is come
Before the fall and the birth
At the creation

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He said just one phrase:
The scriptures are fulfilled now
And they all marveled

Luke 4:16-22

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dance, Salome (Explicated)



In a moment of obvious piety 3 years ago on the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, I sat down to write a solemn poem for the occasion and came out with a dance number for Salome. I’m going to attempt to deconstruct the meaning(s) of this song, and hopefully explain it to both of us. Bear in mind that this was not intended to be any kind of retelling of the story per se, and should not be considered an exposition of the scriptures in the slightest.

Overall, it wound up being set as sung by John the Baptist to Salome. He seems to know he’s going to die by beheading, and that it will be a result of her dance, but is encouraging her to dance in spite of this. Side note: although Wilde is one of my favorite authors, I hadn’t gotten around to reading his play yet, so that didn’t inform my work here.

Chorus:
Dance, Salome,
Dance while you may
The time is coming when they’ll want your head, too
Dance, Salome,
Give what you’ve got
Ah, you’ve got to dance while the blood is hot, hot ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
There is no legend or history that says other than that Salome lived a long and reasonably successful life. But I wanted her to have the chance to be us. We do awful things, but have the chance to be redeemed by blood. It’s all about blood, whether that blood is rising and makes you dance, or flowing and makes you a saint. It just takes us giving it all. So, that’s the chorus.
1.
They’ll tell you you should be your own king
And they’ll tell you to throw off everything
And to dance all night, be a good girl all day
And to follow them and to go your own way
Their own way
I think the opposing ideas are pretty plain here: we are constantly told by the world to do what we want, as long as we do what it tells us.

Chorus
2.
They’ll tell you you shouldn’t listen to me
If you’ll be their slave then you can be free
And they’ll tell you you should ask for my head
And you’ll all be happy after I’m dead
They’re all dead
Similar theme to verse one. In our analogy, John winds up being the Church, or morality, that the world says is worthless and should be done away with.

Chorus
Bridge & Chorus.
Salome, dance
Don’t look at the crowd
Don’t let your conscience scream out too loud
Dance,
And you can be free
It doesn’t matter what happens to me
You’ve got to
Dance, Salome,
Dance while you may
The time is coming when they’ll want your head, too
Dance, Salome,
Give what you’ve got
Ah, you’ve got to dance while the blood is hot, hot ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
I think it comes to a point with people where we have to be willing to die for (or because of) them - maybe even with still having to live afterwards - in order for them to break free from the ideas that keep them bound, so they can be broken and be remade.


Dance, Salome
Dance while you can
You know no one else will understand
Dance, Salome
Dance just for me
It’s only when you dance that I’m free
That we’re free
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, Ooo-ooo-ooo
Freedom is attained when our entire might and focus is placed on the right thing - symbolised here by John - and that lives through us then.



There might be more or less here, really. Just because I wrote it doesn’t mean I completely understand all that came to mind, and does not preclude whatever anybody else might get from it. If you have any comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.



You can listen to me trying to sing it here:
https://badbadboypublications.bandcamp.com/track/dance-salome

Monday, August 29, 2016 Haiku

Head on a platter
Cousin out in the desert
Crowds follow on foot

Matthew 14:1-13

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John back from the dead?
Maybe a new old prophet?
An unlaced sandal

Mark 6:14-30

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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