Haiku Prayers

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry composed of three independent, unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (morae). The word we use to refer to this type of poetry, Haiku, is actually the plural form of "Haiku||haikai verse." It is a modern term made popular by the poet Masaoka Shiki in the 19th century. Haiku traditionally reflects some aspect of nature, often contrasting a pair of images, but not using metaphor. It is designed to lead to spiritual insight that deepens over time as one meditates on the verses. So, it can be a form of prayer! Enjoy composing your own Haiku. They don’t need to be perfect, they’re personal.

The oceans roaring
I hear the Lord whispering
The Almighty God

Storms power so great
All of nature’s forces heed
The Creator speaks

God hears my prayer
The Lord of heaven’s army
Victory, peace, calm

Grasses withering
Beautiful flowers fading
God’s Word eternal

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