Sovereignty

(c) June Perkins

“Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Every man of insight confesseth Thy sovereignty and Thy dominion, and every discerning eye perceiveth the greatness of Thy majesty and the compelling power of Thy might. The winds of tests are powerless to hold back them that enjoy near access to Thee from setting their faces towards the horizon of Thy glory, and the tempests of trials must fail to draw away and hinder such as are wholly devoted to Thy will from approaching Thy court.”
-Bahá’u’lláh

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A poem inspired by current events and reflecting on the above quotation.

Field of Trials

Trials continue
     each combining like dry grass blades 
     scorched by humanity's tears
     multiplied by sunlight
     photosynthesised by pain.

Tall winds of tests flowing into a 
   field of Midas touch troubles
   where the rich grow richer
   from pandemics
  and everything they touch in danger.

Trail your fingers to the feel of grass blades
  to the sting of water poisoned by colonist's greed
   more tempests sway
   volcanoes in the middle of the Pacific
   islands going under volcanic ash and tsunamis
   now ... sharp silences waiting to hear of survivors.

Search for the horizon of glory
    above the tall weeping grass blades
    above the poisoned and rising waters
    soft barked trees clothed in 
   hope's synthesis.
    
Green leaves of the tree
  say 'we are all one
look for me beyond the trials
I'll help you find your 
           discerning eyes.'


June Perkins





We Cannot Foresee

(c) Image June Perkins

“We cannot possibly foresee, standing as we do on the threshold of Bahá’í culture, what forms and characteristics the arts of the future, inspired by this Mighty New Revelation, will have. All we can be sure of is that they will be wonderful; as every Faith has given rise to a culture which flowered in different forms, so too our beloved Faith may be expected to do the same thing. It is premature to try and grasp what they will be at present.”


-From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 23, 1942

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Coil of Light

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A coil of light/ patterns broken and remade/in the path to certitude
-Poem by June  

“None have I sought nor any will I seek save Thee; no path have I trodden nor any will I tread but the path of Thy love. In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor…”
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers

 

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Sorrow Not

(c) Image and Poem June Perkins

“Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes.” -Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, CLIII

Sorrow not your cocoon gone/ become butterfly/ Wing your way to/ days of blissful joy
Worlds unveiled/ soul wings unfurled
-Poem: June Perkins

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In a Gentle Way Shake the World

June Perkins ©

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

I matched this quote and image, because the gentle art of henna, can be a way for people to spend time together to build friendship and community. We had a henna workshop recently, which uplifted all who attended. Whilst we learnt to apply the henna we talked about traveling and feeling connected to the world. There were many nationalities, experiences, cultures and spiritual backgrounds in our gathering, and in our diversity we also felt oneness and unity.

 

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