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Koala Talons

November 22, 2014 — Leave a comment


 Koala Talons

When they say “bear!”,

they cannot mean the koala.

For when we say “bear!”,

it’s usually followed by the words “where?” and “up there!”,

bearing little resemblance to any bear by which one might be tempted to compare.

This leaf-eating marsupial, has the talons of an eagle!

The magnified and hairy ears of a mouse, and usually one big tree for a house.

So as it goes, therefore, so forth and so on.

This furry ball of grey fuzz , is simply the Koala who has a big black nose.

Who chews green leaves.

Climbs the tall, grey and white eucalypt trees.

Grips hold of a limb.

Then sits.

Reaches to eat.

Then drifts.

Safely. Off. To sleep.

 – Rod Lampard, 2014.

Image: Koala sculpture featuring Indigenous-Australian artwork.

Haiku Table FellowshipHere’s something a little different that requires some reader participation.

Write a haiku then post it in one of two ways:

a) Blog your haiku and link back to this thread


b) Post your haiku in the comments below

Traditionally, Christians came together over a shared meal. Looking over the Old and New Testaments, we see that this kind of coming together had significant value for God, something that Jesus Christ strongly confirms, as He sat, ate, talked and shared in what we theologians like to call ‘table fellowship.’

Today we can safely acknowledge that this time of gathering, remembrance and celebration, still has intrinsic value to God, who set out this tradition of invitation and participation for us. Communion (the Eucharist) is probably the biggest example.

Consequently, I’ve decided to kick-start these once a month posts with food being the theme for October.

The task, therefore, is to write a haiku based upon your favourite food or recipe.

In order to help you to do this, keep in mind these basic guidelines:

1. The haiku convention consists of 3 lines. Each based on a flexible, 5-7-5 syllable format.

2. Don’t take it too seriously.

What I do at the moment is scribble down words based on the theme, I then edit it a few times until I’m comfortable with the overall wording and flow of the text.I’ve found that the discipline is helping me to identify my limitations, as well as refine my strengths as a writer.

So, if you’ve never written a haiku, it’s okay, I’m still new to it as well.

Here’s one that I put together this morning:


Slight Tabasco rain
Poached egg; an avocado nest
Breakfast from shells


{As a side note: In the past year or so this combination has become a favourite breakfast dish. The nutritional value is a plus; a word of caution though, too much Tabasco sauce and the last sentence is better rendered as a Breakfast from hell.}

I can’t be easy without my pen in my hand, yet I know not what to write.

(John Adams, 1774 The Letters of John and Abigail Adams (Kindle Ed).

Mere Haiku

August 29, 2014 — 4 Comments

ID-10039735If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you would be aware of my fascination with haiku.

If not, you’re probably thinking to yourself “hmm…what exactly is haiku”?

Well, the basic definition is this: a haiku amounts to three short unconventional English sentences that don’t rhyme, or have a title, but make up an overall statement about something.

Originating in Japan, haikus traditionally followed a structure based on syllables of a 5-7-5 convention.

However, other than for haiku purists, today this convention is viewed as a guide. This is mainly due to the fact that syllables in the Japanese language do not exactly match those of the English language.

The British Society for Haiku notes:

‘English and Japanese ideas differ considerably about what constitutes a syllable (onion, for example, would count as 4 syllables in Japanese). To preserve the spirit, feeling and brevity of haiku, writers in English often find that a form shorter than 17 syllables is desirable (around about 12). No ‘rules’ are broken by doing this, for the great master of Japanese haiku, Basho, himself, advised poets to judge haiku by how they sounded even if this meant ignoring a strict syllable count. In English haiku the middle line of three (written horizontally) is usually a little longer than the other two, irrespective of how many syllables are used.’[i]

I should declare this right from the start, I am not a haiku expert. In all honesty I’d rate my fumbling around with it as amateurish at best.

Still, that means more practice and when it comes to haiku I’m more than happy to lay out some serious downtime mucking around with it. There’s something about the simplicity of haiku that permits a definitive break from the formal thought of academia.

There is a clarity here that I find refreshing, even if I don’t quite have the hang of it yet.

Here are four of my recent attempts:


Cold chaos
Insecurity complicates communication
More words; fewer sentences


Serious and sure
His five year old logic: “Lego is real”
I’m convinced


Writing on a tree
Words, images, dancing light kindling pleasant protests
Grace advice


Stardom shipwrecked
On a sea of likes, comments and shares, a ship jettisons its moral compass
Love is betrayed


Feel free to comment and/or add your own.

If you’re interested there is an activity sheet provided for by the British Haiku Society with information and examples for lessons. I am yet to use it with our homeschoolers, but it is on da to do list.

{Haiku lesson link}



[i] The British Haiku Society

Image: “Mount Fuji ” Courtesy of John Kasawa

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aRt & tHeOlOgY: Haiku For Autumn

Unorthodox Haikus: On Social Media & Post-Atomic Skies


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