An Easter Whirl

Each haiku or senryu below begins with a five-syllable phrase taken from the Gospel of John, Chapter 22 (Revised Standard Version), and includes one of this week’s Wordle words.

I have seen the Lord
spiked hand and foot to the cross—
bent, broken, bleeding.
~~ ~~ ~~
I see in his hands
clotted blood and shattered bones
where they drove the nails.
~~ ~~ ~~
While it was still dark,
Mary, drunken with sorrows,
stumbled to the tomb.
~~ ~~ ~~
Look into the tomb
where the faithful buried him—
something has gone wrong.
~~ ~~ ~~
Mary stood weeping,
praying dusk would come again
with its healing balm.
~~ ~~ ~~
Jesus said to her,
Why are you still staggering
under waves of grief?
~~ ~~ ~~
Why are you weeping?
Have you forgotten the songs
we sang by the sea?
~~ ~~ ~~
Do not be faithless,
although the very marrow
freezes in your bones.
~~ ~~ ~~
Those who have not seen
faith and doubt mate like lovers
will not understand.
~~ ~~ ~~
Other disciples
may not share your destiny—
still they follow me.
~~ ~~ ~~
When they saw the Lord,
they wanted the whole story—
he picked up his flute.
~~ ~~ ~~
I do not know where
addiction begins or ends—
but I know the Christ.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 8, 2012, in NaPoWriMo, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Very well written about Christ’s passion. He is Risen!

    Happy Easter!

  2. Vivid take on the words!

  3. Just beautiful! I love the way you used the words to impart such positive words for Easter Sunday. Happy Easter to you!

  4. This is gorgeous. I love that your retelling includes singing by the sea. May Easter bless you with life’s goodness.

  5. Wow – this is an absolutely beautiful set. Superb celebration of Easter with Wordle words. Love what you did.

  6. Well-written. A little dose of Jesus to start my Easter. Thank you.

  7. Wow! You took these words and turned them into a thing of beauty, mmt. Nice!


  8. A great Easter swirl – I like the flute!

  9. A lovely idea, to borrow words for this day. You hit the right notes of faithlessness and fear – and mating “faith and doubt” – wonderful.


  10. May I copy and show these to my DIL – she teaches 4th grade in a private school. I think her students would enjoy these very much. At the very least I believe she will 🙂

  11. All I can say is Amen. May He keep playing the flute and my we be blessed to hear the unheard music.

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