For March our guest editor Carmen Sterba take a reverent and light-hearted haiku look at themes suggesting Passover and Easter. She writes:
Haiku have the ability to stir our poetic spirits, our souls, and tickle
our funny bones. The following 31 haiku represent the simple and profound
in Jewish and Christian traditions, including songs.
During Passover/Pesach, the historical memory of overcoming slavery is
celebrated. The Passover song “Dayenu” will remind believers of their
gratefulness for the time Jewish people were freed from slavery, given the
Torah, and the Shabbat. This song’s refrain is, “It is sufficient.”
For other believers, the words of “Amazing Grace” will recall personal
memories, thanks to the old sea captain, John Newton, who gave up the
monstrosity of running slave ships, was transformed by his belief, and
wrote the most famous of English hymns with these words, “I was lost and
now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”
“Dayenu” (also spelled Dayeinu) is a poem/song containing fifteen stanzas
describing acts of God’s kindness starting from the Exodus out of Egypt.
Each stanza ends with Dayenu, which infers it would have been sufficient
if God had helped in just one way, Hallel (Praise God).
Dovan is Hebrew for prayer. With poetic license, the poet added –ing to
Paczki is a Polish sweet bread for Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus entrance in Jerusalem during Passover, before
his crucifixion and resurrection.
Regardless of our current persuasions, we cannot live in the West and not be affected by these rituals and traditions which have entered our common culture. Enjoy!