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Poetic Prayers

“May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.” (Deuteronomy 32:2)

Poetry can connect our prayers, thoughts and feelings in a powerful way. It can give structure to our prayer time and help us reflect upon those things that are on our hearts and minds.

Haiku is a form of 3-line poetry created using a fixed number of syllables (The sounds that make up a word).

The first line contains 5 syllables, the next 7 syllables and finally, 5 syllables. (5 7 5)

In the examples shown below, colour changes have been used to illustrate the syllable count.

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The Activity

This month we’d like to encourage you to create your own poetry prayers.

Identify something that is on your heart, and take time to create your own poem of praise or prayer.

Don’t worry if you are uncertain about the number of syllables in a particular word. Don’t let structure stifle your prayerful creativity!