Papunya

Ranges of purple:
a sleeping caterpillar
on the edge of town.

 

© Ken Rookes 2018

 

Looking South from Papunya

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Hiroshima Day

One must not let Hiroshima Day pass without notice.

I have no new poem to post, but here is an old one.

And here is a familiar (and favourite) linocut. On Hiroshima Day Jesus learns how to Fold a Paper Crane
Linocut 2008

Abide in my love

Basic commandments for disciples.

The Father loves me,
and so, my friends, I love you;
abide in my love.

Keep my commandments.
By doing so you will dwell
in my gen’rous love.

The upshot of love
is joy, wond’rous and complete.
This joy shall be yours.

As I have loved you
so you must love each other.
This I command you.

To lay down one’s life
for the sake of one’s comrades:
love at its greatest.

You are all my friends,
nothing is withheld from you;
ev’rything is yours.

I have chosen you;
go and create fruits of love,
bear the fruits that last

Love one another.
Get this commandment sorted,
the rest will follow.

 

© Ken Rookes 2018

The true vine

Haiku for bearing fruit

I am the true vine.
Rural metaphors abound,
call us to bear fruit.

God the vine-grower,
keen to get a good harvest;
pruning the branches.

Painful metaphor
this pruning stuff. Us branches
were not consulted.

You received my words,
they have made you clean, worthy
to receive my life

Jesus, the true vine;
here is life, discipleship;
the important things.

We would bear good fruit,
creating love, forgiveness;
reshaping the world.

Become one with him,
find true life joined to the vine;
accept the pruning.

Choose to live in me,
he said, together we will ,
bear love’s precious fruit.

© Ken Rookes 2018

Maintain your delusion: Bring your own Derwents

Hand coloured linocut 30 x 30 cm. A comment on the coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. Dedicated to the Climate Change Deniers, of which the Australian Federal Government has more than a few. (Derwents are a well known brand of coloured pencil.)