This week at church, I presided over the first session of our "Soul Spa." (I loved the name so much I had to steal it. Thanks, Songbird!) It's a four-week program designed to encourage storytelling, fellowship, and creative exploration on spiritual themes among the women of the church. Each week has a hands-on no-skills-needed creative project, and our first one was a "ten-minute haiku" exercise in which we played with different names for God.
By the end of the session, we were all indulging in a fair amount of Holy Foolishness, and if anyone said anything that happened to be five or seven syllables long, someone would shout, "That works! That could be haiku!" The event exceeded my imaginings!
So, Dear Readers, I invite you to indulge in some further explorations. I've done a few of my own... can you comment with your own haiku related to God, Barnyards, Gardening, or any combination thereof? Profundities and Irreverence are both entirely welcome!
Here are mine:
The bees have come home.
Hurry, open, you flowers!
We make a welcome feast.
Open the new field.
Watch the cows leap, turn, and munch.
Such well-fed dancers!
Piglets at wood's edge
Snoozing under broadleaf trees:
No sunburned ears here.
Sweet, tender seedlings
Garden bed's green, lacy edge--
Get away, damn chickens!