A Biblical Questioning – Haibun and Haiku for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Word Craft

It’s been awhile since I hopped on to Colleen Chesebro’s weekly poetry challenges at Word Craft. Every week there’s a different theme to work with in any syllabic style we choose. This week is Poet’s Choice. 


I was going through my notebooks of things that pop into mind, generally, from something I’ve read or seen. I didn’t recall why I had scribbles written down about Moses from the bible – but I’m quite sure I did that while watching Exodus: Kings and Gods on Netflix. But I thought I’d use part of those scribbles and expand, to go with the Haiku I’d written first. Uncanny what comes to mind. It became a biblical questioning. I’ve written a Haibun and Haiku.



#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge: #Poet’s choice



Is it Golden Idol Time?


Moses climbed Mount Sinai following the voice of God calling unto him. God wrote the Ten Commandments with his own finger, searing the laws into the stone tablets.


While Moses was gone for 40 days and 40 nights up the mountain, the natives below began to lose faith about the existence of God and began their doubts about Moses’ return. As people often do in human nature when they harbor doubt, gossip spreads among them and a new ‘want-to-be’ leader steps up and antagonizes by spewing doubt and fallacies about God, it doesn’t take people long to hitch their wagons to persuasion.


And the non believers joined together to build a golden idol to put their faith into, and pretty much broke every other law that God would ultimately write – raping, orgies and so on.


When Moses returns with the tablets in his arms and sees how little faith his people had, he threw the tablets to the ground and broke them. Of course, Moses did go back up the mountain for another 40 days and nights and received a new set from God. And as God’s punishment for non believing, he left his people to wander the desert as nomads for 40 years – enough punishment for a generation to pass in this lesson – kind of like when God was angry at what man had done unto his creation and flooded the world and started over with Noah’s Ark where only two of each species of animals, and Noah with seven other members of his family, sailed on it to survive God’s punishing flood to wash away all his creation, along with the sins of man to create yet, a new world.


I can’t help but wonder what God is thinking these days about what’s going on in his world now; what has man done now to His once pure creation? Are we beyond smug to entertain the thought that God is not afraid to start yet again?



History Repeats

Instant gratification

Some will never learn.



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31 thoughts on “A Biblical Questioning – Haibun and Haiku for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Word Craft

  1. There are definitely times that I think the world is due a factory reset…. just hope some of us get enough notice to get to high ground.. excellent and thought provoking Debby ♥♥


  2. Like others, I agree that you nailed Israel’s Old Testament history with this one. I especially like the imagery of God searing the laws into stone stablets with his own fingers.


  3. Lovely and profound words for the times we live in, Sis. There is so much happening in our world I don’t understand. Everything is crazy right now.

    I think your cookies banner is stuck on this blog. It won’t go away. I know you don’t want to hear that. ❤


    1. You know it Sis. And the banner thingee did an update. It’s not stuck, I just went there. Like most blogs, you have to click the ‘accept’ button to make it go away. ❤


  4. Thoughtful analysis and thoughtful haiku, Debby. I suspect things will get worse before they get better because folks have yet to learn. It’s a gift to be alive and all of us need to embrace gratitude. 💗


  5. Very interesting question at the end, my friend. How we got where we are and where we go from here has a different perspective for my faith but it’s certainly as troublesome in the recent times.


  6. So true, Debby! Thank you for sharing. Lets wait on. 😉 I am feeling thrown back to the ancient Greec times, with a lot of gods around. 🙂 Have a nice rest of the week! xx Michael


  7. I’m not a believer, Debby, but if I was, I certainly wouldn’t blame God for being a little tweaked at mankind. History does repeat, doesn’t it? As a whole, we don’t seem to learn a thing. Hugs, my friend. Keep spreading the love.


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