Haiku for Good Friday

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 Good Friday (haiku for Easter may be found here).

Haiku 10 was selected for inclusion and discussion in the Good Friday 2016 Podcast from Things Unseen. The reading and discussion can be heard here. The full podcast can be heard here.


Jesus came from God

To tell us that He loves us

We did not believe


Pilate asked Jesus

Are you the King of the Jews?

It is as you say


What is to be done?

Crucify Him came the cry

And Pilate yielded

He came to give love

We rejected his message

And killed the envoy


What anger in man

To discard the love of God

And choose instead death


God incarnate come

To cleanse our sins for ever

By dying for us


Nails through hands and feet

Agony he bore for man

Abandoned by God


How can you bear this

Torture pain and suffering?

I do it for you


Forgive them Father

The y do not understand this

My life will go on


Our saviour is gone

God made flesh destroyed by man

Where did we go wrong?


What turmoil of fear

Did cause this man to perish

Yet now we know why

Richard Farquharson, Maulden, Bedfordshire February 2016