Tuesday, January 01, 2013

God, Allah and Juju

by Edd Doerr

God ... Allah ... Juju
Africans worship them all
Jack Mendelsohn wrote
We prefer humanism
Ethics ... compassion ... science

(Note: My friend Jack Mendelsohn, a prominent Unitarian minister, now retired, wrote a book some years ago titled "God, Allah and Juju" about religion in Africa.  The above poem, a Japanese tanka -- 5 lines, 5-7-5-7-7 -- just popped into my head. I mostly write haiku -- 3 lines, 5-7-5 -- like the following.)

grey sky overhead
but where is the promised snow
forecast wrong again

    *     *     *

slender path of light
stretches like a ribbon bright
through the darkest night

     *     *     *

shelves and piles of books
but not enough time to read
will they stop writing

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