Haiku prayers

The contemplative, Japanese poetic form of Haiku is one of many ways to seek inner solitude by way of simple, syllabic word constructions. They were designed to be composed and penned quickly, easily and deeply and then…tossed away like brittle leaves in an autumn breeze. There, they are caught by other breezes and float upward to God. The 5,7, 5 pattern is quite enjoyable and easy to learn. Try it and share some of your own.


I’m here to listen

To the beating heart of God

And hear the silence

 

Perfect in beauty

Shrouded in the mists of heav’n

You reign, exalted

 

Never ending one

See what no one else can see

Come, sweet intrusion

 

Come, save me, O God

Release me from my prison

That I might praise you

 

When separation

Comes to lonely, seeking souls

You share our longing

 

How can I untie

What knots of sin lie beneath-

That you, alone, see?

 

Guide with compassion,

Lead un-wholly hearts to cry

And, finally, see

 

Can you see them now

In suff’ring, never-ending?

Great One, release them

 

Never have I seen

The shining face of our God

So full of yearning

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