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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Carpe Diem Special - September 4, 2014

St. Francis of Assisi is not only my favorite saint, but he's also the patron saint of Italy!

 
Today's quote on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is from St. Francis:

 
[...] "For it is in giving that we receive." [...]

Italy until very recently was a very poor country .. divided over the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, the people learnt to live with their poverty despite the encroaching Normans, Germans, Spanish, Saracens or whomever.  On top of all that there was the Church and its opulence, and seeming indifference to the poor of the Earth! This gave rise to many religious reformers, many of whom found their way to the stake for heresy ... a fate that was nearly St. Francis' as well!  It was a miracle and of course the humble personality of Francis which saved his order from becoming numbered among the many "poverelli", as the members of these movements were called in his day, to be marked as heretics.

Francis' illumination came about after he'd returned from war.  He had been a prisoner in the dungeons of Pisa.  His father, a rich merchant was horrified that his only son should renounce the world to live as a beggar in the Tuscan hills.  There are many stories about S. Francis ... we all know of the story of his preaching to the creatures of the Earth ... like birds and even wolves, whom he called his brothers and sisters.  Exactly why Italy chose him for their patron saint is beyond me and I don't want to research it right now.  I'd like to think it was because the people who'd lived in such poverty for centuries felt that only a beggar could intercede for them at the throne of God.


brother sparrow
worry not about the morrow
fly freely in the sky

ah - sister moon
your light illuminates
the winter valley

accumulate love
arid money will leave
an empty soul

an autumn walk
among the poor of the streets
Francis' people

haunty rich men
your souls live in poverty
you receive nothing

the here and now
serenely understanding
a spider's web






8 comments:

  1. Oh My, Georgia, such an interesting haibun and your series of haiku are like walking in Rome centuries ago...you tell such a lovely story...that last haiku is breathtaking. Brava, cara:) xx

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    1. Thanks Cher! Francis' story is one of my favorites ... I've always liked his stories. Happy you enjoyed the last haiku ... that was zen thought btw :-)

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  2. A wonderful set Georgia.. I especially like:

    haunty rich men
    your souls live in poverty
    you receive nothing

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    1. Kristjaan's quote inspired it ... I'm happy you enjoyed!

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  3. from my reading of the life of St Francis, your haiku resonates his heart

    much love...

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    1. Thanks Gillena ... much love to you too!

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  4. Great post Georgia .... St. Francis is one of my favorites too ... but that's not because I am Catholic, but more because of the stories that he talked with the animals ... I think that's one of his wonders, next to getting the stigmata as one of the first Saints ...

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  5. I'm not a Catholic either, but I admired St. Francis long before I came to Italy, which of course is a Catholic country. I also liked the stories of his sermons to the beasts and his courage to renounce the riches of his family for his beliefs. Thanks for your comment :-)

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harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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