Per Diem Archive: C.Sterba Mar 2013, Judeo-Christian Traditions
Judeo-Christian Traditions: A haiku consideration of reverent and light-hearted themes suggesting Passover and Easter
Haiku have the ability to stir our poetic spirits, our souls, and tickle our funny bones. The following 31 haiku represent the simple and profound in Jewish and Christian traditions, including songs.
During Passover/Pesach, the historical memory of overcoming slavery is celebrated. The Passover song “Dayenu” will remind believers of their gratefulness for the time Jewish people were freed from slavery, given the Torah, and the Shabbat. This song’s refrain is, “It is sufficient.”
For other believers, the words of “Amazing Grace” will recall personal memories, thanks to the old sea captain, John Newton, who gave up the monstrosity of running slave ships, was transformed by his belief, and wrote the most famous of English hymns with these words, “I was lost and now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”