Bahá’í inspired poetry

These are my poems related to being a Bahá’í. Some are directly related to the Bahá’í Faith, e.g. The knowledge of graves – on the desecration of the Grave of Quddús; others by implication in the theme of the poem, e.g. Every truth – achieving a state of grace.

May I also refer you to the prison poetry of Mahvash Sabet, one of nearly two hundred Bahá’í prisoners of conscience, currently and immorally incarcerated in Iran solely for their religious beliefs.

Poems – arranged alphabetically, excluding ‘a/the/that/this’ from the title start

Alas for we who remain – how to justify sacrifice to those you leave behind?

• And each duly sets – on our relationship with the Covenant

• And so bound – on our relationship with the Covenant

• Another day of Fasting – on participating in the Bahá’í Fast

• Atomicly – how we misunderstand our relationship with God

• As were they – spirits set free

• That boulevard – a story of overcoming African culture clash

• The candle – sacrifice

 The church on the hill – my relationship with the Catholic Church and my father

• The circle – the spiritual qualities of a circle; (not near as boring as you’d think)

The Copper Tree Tops – by Lyn Tolar on fasting

Every truth – achieving a state of grace

• The first of forever – a commentary on the story of Abraham and Ishmael

Faith – for my wonderful wife, Lyn

• Hold back nothing – on pain

The Holy Mariner – The Flood, Noah and the eternal Covenant of God

• I am not here, but I will always be there – a poem of the House of the Báb

• If you are reading this, then… – for those who sacrifice for us

• Immolation – for my Bahá’í brothers and sisters in Iran

• In a pentacle – the magic of sacrifice, love and teaching

In a smithy – sacrifice and submission

In exile – the exiles of Bahá’u’lláh and a lesson for the fast

In this glass – on the nature of forgiveness

• In truth we lie – the complexities of honesty

The irony of elemental questions – why do we not stay true to our nature?

• It truly doesn’t – on detachment

• Keeping count – for the Dawnbreakers

• The knowledge of graves – on the desecration of the Grave of Quddús

Last nights – what do martyrs think of, the night before?

Let go –  a prayer of gratitude and submission

The Letters of the Living – on the sacrifice and strength of the Báb and the Letters of the Living.

Long ago – about praying

• This long, long night – about sleepless nights and receiving comfort

• Louder – on submission to the Will of God

The mirror – what is reality?

The next after another – the difficulty of giving service to mankind

Not by half – on the passing of Mirza Mihdi, the Purest Branch

One by one by one – about humility and grace

Once skiing – on detachment

The orange tree – the martyrdom of the ten angels of Shiraz

• Patrick/Marian Burnett’s “After Seven Years” – to my departed friend, Patrick Burnett/a poem by Marian, Patrick’s wife.

• The phoenix – worrying about those we love

Please – a poem dedicated to the Yarán

• The quilt – on sharing ourselves and teaching our love

Rend – the meek shall inherit the earth

• The rest is not silence – on death and redemption

• Salt of the earth – a lesson in generosity

• Seven rocks in the garden – a poem for the Seven Martyrs of Tehran

So what then – failing to take the chance

Soaring – spiritual transformation

• Talking With Mr. Mahrami – about the passing of a Bahá’í martyr

Take me—a prayer – on longing and the comfort of prayer

• Tell me again, will you? – persistence is more important than failure

There, but for the grace of God… – questioning questioning

• To the test – on the Martyrdom of the Báb, the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith

• Upon a time – a memory from when I lived in Africa

Vector – spiritual transformation; teaching children

Vision – how to see our world

• Vocatus – on depression and surviving it

The warp and woof of creation – on our place in eternity

The well of fire – on submitting to the will of God

• Where else? – about the suicide of Nabil, author of The Dawn-Breakers

 Worthy – one perspective  of the turn of the 21st Century

What I owe – sharing what you are

5 responses to “Bahá’í inspired poetry

  1. What a great reference list for me as another Baha’i writer(shouldn’t really say that. Maybe, a Baha’i that writes?) who is in love with other who write about the spirit!

    • Thank you so much, dear! I have struggled with the concept of a Baha’i writer versus a writer who is a Baha’i too and while the first is easier to say (and probably easier for others to understand) I think the issue is our humility in not wanting to say that anything we write should be considered as representing the Faith, which of course we are not worthy to aspire to. Rather, we are making it clear that the things we write are inspired by the Faith as it moves through us and are only our own understanding, and as flawed and as human as such reflections are, they are ours and we had great joy in their creation.

    • Thank you so much, dear! I have struggled with the concept of a Baha’i writer versus a writer who is a Baha’i too and while the first is easier to say (and probably easier for others to understand) I think the issue is our humility in not wanting to say that anything we write should be considered as representing the Faith, which of course we are not worthy to aspire to. Rather, we are making it clear that the things we write are inspired by the Faith as it moves through us and are only our own understanding, and as flawed and as human as such reflections are, they are ours and we had great joy in their creation.

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