Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Gallup-ing In Circles

by Jim Rapp

Gallup tells us what we think,
believe, or hope, or plan
and so that is what we think,
believe, and hope, and plan
so when Gallup asks us
what we think,
believe, and hope, and plan
it is no surprise to read
that Gallup finds that this
is what we think,
believe, and hope and plan.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Not News

(A Haiku Quartet)
by Jim Rapp

Today we got some
“Not news”. On days without news
we’re given “Not news.”

No private e-mail
system in the governor’s
office.” Headline news!

Pseudo-news! No doubt
the newsroom is layered with
pseudo pseudo news

When nothing happens
print it. Pseudo happenings
are as good as gold

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Four (or Five) Haiku Proverbs

by Jim Rapp

Wisdom outweighs “smarts”
Taken apart, wisdom is
gold, “smarts” rusting tin

Wisdom, eternal,
witnesses the parade of
“facts” quickly fading

Time, judge of all things
peels away the thin veneer –
callous revealer

Today’s swagger is
tomorrow’s embarrassment,
tomorrow’s disgrace

Wisdom outweighs “smarts”
Taken, apart, wisdom is
gold, “smarts” rusting tin

Monday, February 17, 2014

He Comes

(A Haiku Quartet)
by Jim Rapp

He will not consent
to be crammed into any
hostile place – He comes

When the darkness “ruled”
the deep, His Spirit came and
hovered over it

Earth shook its iron-mailed
fist at Him and so He came,
a helpless infant.

He came to His own
and they would not receive him.
but to those who would . . .

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This Day

(A Haiku)
by Jim Rapp

This day I rise, a
grace-saved sinner – may this day
be a grace-shared day

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Memoriam

         A Haiku for Lola
                      by Jim Rapp
In Memory of Lola (Nichols) Swanson
(Jan. 10, 1931-Feb. 5, 2014)

Loving memories
Of one whose gentle Laughter
Always brought us joy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Haiku for Sinners

by Jim Rapp

Caught in the act, bare-
naked – clothed again in Grace
that says, “Sin no more.”

Thursday, February 6, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Card

by Jim Rapp

Christmas cards – old-fashioned Christmas Cards
Depicting snowy roads – high-banked snowy roads
Are getting scarce – the paper kind we used to get are
Seldom sent these days – replaced by e-mail overload

But God – the maker of all things, especially Christmas
Has made, this year – at least up here where snow
Defines – is the very essence of Wisconsin Christmas-card-ness
A living – a drive-through, living Christmas show

The streets – the lawns, the fields, the whole wide world is white
The oaks – the elms, the ash lift snow-clad arms to heaven  
The pines – their branches laden with their diamond freight, fight
The wind – the thieving wind, to keep the gift that they’ve been given

And I, a child again – a simple snow adoring child again
Am awed that God – who surely has a thousand other climes to deck
Would stop – would lay aside His work and go to pains
To paint for me – a Christmas Card . . .yes, for me alone, I reck

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Haiku For Luna

by Jim Rapp

Quick! See the gold in
the west – slender Luna
lying on her back