Preparing to take the field

20171009_191614The Willowra team about to play at the Arlparra sports carnival on Monday.

Photo by Ken Rookes.

 

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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.)

See, I am sending you.

A cluster of haiku.

As lambs among wolves,
so, my friends, I send you out:
bearers of good news.

Pronounce God’s shalom.
The blessing will find a home
in children of peace.

As they welcome you
those people, too, will be blessed;
God’s reign coming near.

Not all will listen,
some will not see the kingdom.
Still, it has come near.

 

© Ken Rookes 2016

The first

Top commandment,
number one.
Call it the golden rule,
if you like.
Love your neighbour
as you love yourself.
Treat others with respect
and dignity.
Try to feel their pain,
Jesus says.
Your enemies, too;
love them.
Nothing else, really;
the other rules pale,
insignificant by comparison.
Love God,
love your neighbour.
Heart, soul, mind and strength.
No, not easy;
costly, sometimes.
Often. But no,
there is nothing else.
Determined, defiant, deliberate,
love.

© Ken Rookes 2015