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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

TITLE: Haiku Definition: A Life Fulfilled
By Susan Gurney
04/10/06


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“Go to the people--
People unrooted, undone--
Show them the Father…”

Walking among them
Dust on his feet, living love,
The Way spoke the Truth.

Miracle worker—
Yet true Glory was hidden,
Waiting for His Time…

“Who are You?” they said.
--“The Shepherd, the Lamb, the Life.”
“You speak in riddles!”

--“You will destroy it--
But I will rebuild this House
In only three days!”

“Blasphemer! Devil!”
But louder his Father’s Call,
“Not Your will, but Mine…”

He healed a blind man,
A cripple could walk again…
The loveless now loved.

A dead man rose up…
“Will miracles never cease?!”
--“Not with My Spirit!”

“Teacher, please don’t go—
You know they will kill you there….”
--“Yes, I know, My Child.”

A donkey, a path,
The Way through the Wilderness…
Hosannas and palms…

Sitting at dinner,
The Servant washed their soiled feet—
The betrayer’s, too.

Now Son with Father
Sweating out the future pain…
In lonely darkness.

Light and sound break through!
A furtive kiss on the cheek…
--“I must go with them.”

“Why are you silent?
You have done nothing for death,
I will let you go.”

“Crucify him, NOW!”
“No, I cannot let you go…
So I wash my hands…”

Hammer, nails, cursing--
Pain—pain—even from your crown…
Your blood shed for—ME?

Now lifted high up
Between common thieves You die…
But why here, why now?

And—“It is finished!”
Blood and water dripping down--
What was it all for?

Now put in a cave--
And wrapped in cloth and spices--
Your body will pass.

Three days, but--now what?
“Where is my Master? Where? Where?”
Silent are the cloths…

“He lives! Oh, He lives!”
“You did rebuild Your Temple—
In three days it rose!”

You died—I will not…
My debt of sin freely paid--
Now bound for Heaven!

You died for all sin—
At the right time and right place—
Perfect fulfillment…


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Helen Paynter04/13/06
Love your spare use of language. My only complaint is that your POV changed half way through - Jesus was 'him' in the first half and then 'you' in the second half. Easily rectified, and otherwise excellent
Jan Ackerson 04/13/06
Haiku! What a wonderful approach! They are harder than they look, and yours are beautifully crafted. And a lovely message to boot! Hooray!
Delores Baber04/14/06
Excellent writing. It is the most condensed version of the gospels I have ever read and yet the essence is rich and full. Great piece!
Shelley Snyder04/14/06
Beautiful! I really loved reading this. Great job!