Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The arts in Study Circles? Yeah, we’ve got that.

Sometimes it seems that in our busy Baha’i lives, one of the things that we would like to do, but just can’t seem to find the time or energy to actually accomplish, is integrating the arts into our study circles. But this tutor from the Cleveland, OH (B) cluster thought of a great way to use haiku (that’s five syllables, seven syllables, and then five syllables again, for those of you who don’t remember) poetry to reinforce concepts and draw out the creativity of her Book 7 participants. See the email she sent to the study circle about it and then look over a few of her own attempts, written at 2:00 a.m.! (don’t you just love the five syllables of “IPG’s launching”???)

Dear Friends,
I was so inspired last night that I woke up in the middle of the night doing Haiku related to section 4. I figured I’d share a couple of them with you (groan……) just to get you started. We’ll begin next week’s session with your contributions and remember it is within your ‘capacity’!

Also for the folks who missed this Monday, we studied Section 4 and the homework is to write a Haiku poem about anything in Sections 1-4. Choose something that inspires you, that summarizes your learning, whatever strikes your fancy—the important thing is to try.

So here are my 2:00 am musings:


Section Four can help
Open the door to service
Capacity’s core

Realities are
Your potentialities
Discover you can!


Forty Percent Gone
The Five Year Plan ascending
IPG’s launching!


Ridvan looming large
Passion is in the teaching
Who will sign their card?

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