Yesterday, we had a baptism in church, and I found myself thinking of the significant moments of the liturgy in terms of haiku. One thing I love about haiku is its ability to capture an instant of time or a fleeting but significant emotion.
Except for the first one, I'm not entirely happy with these as poems, but I decided to share them anyway. ( I have another set of haiku that I like much better here: Haiku of the Incarnation.)
Logan's scrunched-up face,an attempt to keep sleepingas our priest takes him.Water on forehead,name of Father, Son, Spirit,child's eyes pop open.Then comes the chrism,cross of holy-scented oil,mark of adoption.To the front of church,and face the congregation.All applaud welcome.