Towards Spaces Beyond

Butterflies on the wall, a new creation by artists
calls the People of this city to turn towards
the spaces beyond

“Darkness hath encompassed every land, O my God, and caused most of Thy servants to tremble. I beseech Thee, by Thy Most Great Name, to raise in every city a new creation that shall turn towards Thee, and shall remember Thee amidst Thy servants…”
-Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations

(c) poetry words and image June Perkins.  This first appeared on Nineteen Months


Divine Tree


“When a soul has in it the life of the spirit, then does it bring forth good fruit and become a divine tree.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks

Here the hands represent the soul
in action and on that hand
is the imprint of the divine tree.

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The Surprise


I like to go through my day mindful of my surroundings
letting thoughts rush through me.




Noticing the shadows cast by the trees
and the gaps of green between them.
Noticing the bird, is it a pheasant

disappearing into the woods?
Thinking about what happened in Nagasaki all those years ago.





Noticing the delicacy of the spider’s web
draped across a leaf
announcing its artistry
announcing the delicacy of human relationships.

And then sometimes there are surprises like
a new chainsaw sculpture – this time an Emu with eggs.



Walking mindfully is full of disturbances,ruptures, and then rewards
leading me to think of poems and stories everywhere I go and be,
and dream the possibility of peace.
(c) June Perkins

Meditation Showed Me

(c) June Perkins

Meditation showed me: Mercy to light is shade, to darkness is light, to the miserable is joy, to night is day, to drought is rain, to floods is the sun, to suffering is beauty and in that meditation came this bird – the inward light of fire, walking in the spiritual waters of the soul.

“My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words

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