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Sedated Polis

May 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

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Images swallowed
are emptied of resonance;
Voided passion.
Pay-offs and silence; twisted resistance.

Social media degradation.
The mind controlled, so-called superior,
.              “tolerance” generation.

Enablers that scream “love”;
.         and define it as a constant “yes” in affirmation.
.Manipulators against love’s reasoned “no”;
.         a “no” given with loving consideration.
Those who make sex a commodity and confuse love with infatuation.

Violent conversions;
.          legalized perversions
.     the convulsing spasms of warring factions
.           stain and fill the still preventable,
.      but encroaching eulogies for the West.

The Eastern sands move closer,
.      the warlord and his progenitors howl louder,
.      all muffled by incompetence,
.       joined in its chorus by insanity incorporated.

By misplaced compassion and
.    ignorant multi-indifference,
.                 citizens become enslaved to ‘isms, under the guise of freedom
.    human words from over-lords,
.                  throw man-over-board;
.     man and woman over-Lord.

Abandoned for agendas
Anchoring to chaos,
God and Christ jettisoned for feel-good propaganda,
.      sold out subjects left watching,
.      numbed by entertainment,
.      numbered and tagged,
.      sentenced to clinics for containment.

Swirling incantations
.           of Utopians, red flags,
.           and mass ideological indoctrination.
Such is the sedated polis.
The coming cold and its dark solstice.


(RL2017)

The other day I quickly entered some notes into my phone. These were some ideas and directions from my mum about what, and where, she’d like something for Christmas.

Looking at it again today and the order in which it was written, I see one cool-as unintentional haiku.

 

Christmas RL2016 Shopping Directions Haiku


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The revolution

Anastasis Iesous Christos [i]

Viva Noël!

 

 


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[i] Resurrection of Jesus Christ

gardenia-2016One of the best ways to review how to identify syllables is with the traditional Japanese form of poetry called haiku.

It’s excellent for revision because it encourages students to work with vowels, adjectives, objectivity and themes.The basic principles of haiku writing makes this an excellent teaching tool.

Traditionally, haiku follows a non-rhyming syllable pattern of 5-7-5. This becomes a stanza of only three lines. The sentences tend to follow a theme, but it’s not necessary to have each sentence follow on from the next. As long as the general idea or topic is packaged well enough as a whole.

For our homeshooling haikus it’s been a lot of trial and error. None of that has been a bad thing. These hits and misses only make us work harder at refining our own personal style.

Each of the homeschoolers have a voice, its just a matter of coaching them to speak with it in writing. We’ve been doing these from time to time over the past couple of years and I’ve grown to value of the simple, reflective and calming process.

Our next project, when I can get to it, is to do some more work with Tanka, which is very similar to Haiku, only it allows for more syllables per line and usually contains five lines instead of three.

Tanka seems easier, given the extra room, however, when working with kids, I’ve found it to be harder to work with, than haiku. My hope is that since we’ve become more familiar with Haiku, Tanka will not be as daunting a task as it was our first time around.

Here’s a few I put together the other day. My themes were Spring and homeschool.
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From the storm emerges

the firm grip of sunlight

Clouds break open

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Dancing petals

Ride waves of air

Wind makes the melody

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Books swing open

The drowsy meet the dawn

And minds awaken

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(RL2016)

Hidden Emissaries

October 27, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Hidden emissaries

Fifth columns*, called to rise

Gracefully disguised

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“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

– (Hebrews 13:1-2, ESV)


Notes:

*According to Thomas Doherty, in Hollywood and Hitler, 2013, Fifth column is a reference that came out of the Spanish Civil War. It is a comment ‘attributed to Rebel commander Emilio Mola during the battle for Madrid in 1936. Mola claimed to have four columns of troops surrounding the city and a fifth column within the city ready to join the offensive.’ (Columbia University Press, p.151)

**Artwork credit:  Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, 1664 ‘Cornielius‘. Inspired by Acts. 10

***Haiku: RL2016

Grinding Sunset

October 24, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Melting clouds

Darkness pierced by light

Grinding sunset

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‘In Jesus Christ was life and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’  

– (1 John. 1:4-5, ESV)

(RL2016)

Attention Drift

May 5, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Drowsy Autumn warmth

Bathing concentration

Attention drift

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(RL2016)