He was in the world

Haiku of the Word

He was in the world;
he whose heartbeat resonates
with earth’s deep rhythms.

They did not know him;
his own people, not seeing
nor receiving him.

They are crying out,
yearning, aching. They will not
come, they will not hear.

He is in the world
at one with God, and with us;
listen to his words.

What will his words be?
Words that challenge and disturb,
turning upside down.

Some were listening,
taking his words deep within,
God’s faithful children.

And the Word became.
one of us, with flesh and blood,
with pain and dying.

Here, then, is wonder;
here is grace and here is truth,
for each one of us.

© Ken Rookes 2019

Becoming flesh

Haiku of wonder

In the beginning.
What a great opening line;
so much could follow.

Logos, more than word;
impossible mystery,
the essence of God.

There at creation,
alongside and one with God,
through whom all things come.

The six days give way
to the big bang universe;
was the Logos there?

Logos, source of life,
light challenging the darkness,
never submitting.

The true light arrives
to enlighten humankind;
may that day come soon!

Somehow mystery
takes flesh, coming among us;
living and dying.

Can you see where he
does touch earth with grace and hope;
will you receive him?

You who receive him
are his sisters and brothers;
children of God’s will.


© Ken Rookes 2019

He was in the beginning

Haiku of the coming

In the beginning.
They are indivisible,
the Logos and God.

Into the nothing
the Logos-God mystery
find their voice and speak.

The word, now spoken,
all creation comes to be.
Here is wonderment.

The Logos brings life;
life and light for humankind,
defeating darkness.

Logos, always there
in the world he created,
passes through, unseen.

Among his people
he finds no welcome nor home.
The loss is their own.

Yet some received him,
believed, and living by faith,
were made God’s children.

To be born of God,
transcending earthly limits;
this, then, is glory.

The Logos took flesh,
our flesh, and lived among us;
full of grace and truth.


© Ken Rookes 2016

With the coming of Word

With the coming of Word

With the coming of Word
at the beginning of the second act,
Grace and Truth
stride purposefully to centre stage
to take up their allotted positions.
Law, having featured so strongly in act one,
is, according to the script,
directed to move upstage
and to quietly exit to the right.
Law moves with deliberate steps,
then pauses,
relishing the lingering spotlight,
which, for loyalty or fear, perhaps both,
seems reluctant to trust
the new leads to carry the show.
Law’s assured and comfortable lines
seduce and enthral,
delivered with the much-practised ease
of one who has held the proscenium for centuries.
The spectators are less than convinced
by the unfamiliar and surprising utterances
of Grace and Truth.
The play pauses awkwardly,
perplexing the audience;
some begin to leave.

© Ken Rookes
Further poems for Sunday can be found here and here

If they do not listen

If they do not listen,
if the warnings go unheeded
the war will not be ended,
the climate goes on changing,
the poor will always languish,
the wealthy will never let go,
the raucous will not be silent,
kings will still raise armies,
and cheats will keep up their long established practice
by moving their headquarters off-shore.
Miners will make their holes ever larger,
generals will keep sending soldiers to their death,
politicians will compromise for the sake of cheap opinion,
the rich will pay less taxes,
the beggars will not go away.
Desperate people will travel once more on boats,
bullies will have their way,
children will be hurt again,
and mothers will weep
while fathers are immobilised by guilt.
If they do not listen,
love will fall into ruin,
truth will be vanquished,
and the memory of hope is lost. 

© Ken Rookes 2013