Haiku for Easter

A haiku is a three line observation which, in English, follows the strict format:

Line 1 - five syllables

Line 2 - seven syllables

Line 3 - five syllables

Haiku originated in Japan in the ninth century but it was not until the early twentieth century that they began to be written in English.

This form of poetry, which rarely rhymes, acts like a small window into something much more expansive. Its impressionistic brevity is often contemplative, encapsulating feelings or images which require a response from the reader.

Below is a selection of haiku composed by the Author in February 2016 on the subject of Easter (haiku for Good Friday may be found here).


Easter: time to think

Of the promise of new life

For you and for me




They thought they had won

But he proved them wrong, because

The tomb was empty




The stone abandoned

The man they tried to kill, gone

All mankind in praise




Glory has been seen

Death overcome for ever

My sin wiped away




I could imagine

Nothing so great as this act:

Jesus lives for me




Imagine their shock

The ir master gone before them

But not as a corpse




I asked myself this:

Did he really rise again?

Now I can ask Him




His rising proves this

That what he promised is true

Death is not the end




Rising from the tomb

Jesus points the way to all:

A place awaits us




Glory seen on earth

Resounding now in heaven

Ready to greet me




If all this is true

Nothing is impossible

For our Lord and God

Richard Farquharson, Maulden, Bedfordshire February 2016