“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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letting thoughts rush through me.
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.
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.
leading me to think of poems and stories everywhere I go and be,
and dream the possibility of peace.
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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