Jerusalem Lament

A haiku sequence

Unconcerned Jesus,
ignoring the monarch’s threats;
he will not retreat.

Jesus the reckless,
challenging Herod the fox;
continues his work.

He is on his way.
His calling nears fulfilment.
Next, Jerusalem.

Sad Jerusalem!
City of wailing and death;
here’s one more prophet.

Mother-hen Jesus
weeping for the absent ones;
those who will not come.

Watch! One is coming,
touched by the divine Spirit;
you will cry ‘blessed!’

© Ken Rookes 2016


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