Monday, February 16, 2009

Haiku For You

Against my better judgment, we're posting a couple of excellent haikus that were creatively produced by our multi-talented, five-person "house group" from the School of Ministry. We are undertaking a project for our "Perspectives" class where we had to send a missions team to an "unreached" people group -- basically an entire group that almost entirely doesn't know the Lord -- for spreading the gospel purposes. We picked Japan. I'm not sure why, come to think of it. We just did. So we put together an outline on sending a missions team to Japan that includes the hurdles, obstacles and other things to overcome, as well as why Japan would have open doors to us beautiful Americans. I'll share the final results with you in the future. It's cool stuff. But as part of the process we decided to write some haiku. Well, actually I decided. Everybody else was working hard and I was over on a bar stool goofing off, er, um I mean penning world-class haiku. As a refresher, haiku involves the use of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second and 5 in the third. So here we go. Let us know what you think.

An ancient people
Wintertime for Japanese
Spring forth Jesus Christ!

Rice and kimonos
Toyota, Honda, Sony
Lion of Judah!

So, uh, you think I should keep my day job? (Which, come to think of it, would be really hard seeing as how I'm an unemployed student.)


  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Seriously the best, Matt. Now if we could only keep the "children" quiet during Perspectives.

  2. Hey Kaela. Wow. I'm glad you like the haiku. We've got some more ... I'm thinking of sharing them at the open mic at The Courtyard on Friday night. What do you think? As for the "kids" in Perspectives, I think we'll have to separate them. And/or make them sit in the corner? Or maybe you should pack a ruler and rap them on the knuckles every time they open their mouth.

  3. Don't know what happened to my last comment, but I suggested that "Haiku is not for you!" Prose is what you knows...! Sorry.

  4. Matt, you are obviously the extremely talented and gifted one in our family...

  5. Marty, Marty, Marty ... where do I begin? Clearly I'm part Japanese, based on my haiku abilities, chops and talents. I'm seriously considering only communicating in haiku verse. I'm also looking into my ancestry to see if way back there somewheres I didn't have a Japanese uncle. I do know that my brother is built like a sumo wrestler. Strap a thong on that dude and I bet he could make waves in the Japanese sumo leagues.

  6. Who is "Kaela" calling children? I thought that class was for college students?