Sunday, December 31, 2017

Kintsugi: A Poem

I am 
A broken piece of pottery 
That the Beloved has repaired 
With the gold 
Of the forgiveness 
Of my sins. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Blessed Be: A Poem

Blessed be 
The lovers of humanity, 
Those who see 
Its unity 
Beneath the rainbow 
Of its diversity. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Counting Down to 2018

Two days left in 2017, 
No time to finish this year's resolutions, 
Review, reestablish, or make them anew. 

Do you remember January 2017, 
The thrill of a New Year 
And new resolutions; 
It's time to step something new, 
With renewed hope. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Last Motivational Monday in 2017

It is the last motivational Monday in 2017, 
It is our last chance to motivate ourselves 
To accomplish our 2017 goals, resolutions, 
Or whatever plans we made on January 1, 2017. 

It is the last motivational Monday in 2017, 
It is time to review the goal-resolutions 
We mad at the beginning of the year, 
And determine why we didn't or did 
Accomplish them 
Over the past twelve months. 

Merry Christmas, 
And Happy New Year. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thoughts on the New Year

Seven days until the end of the Gregorian year, 
Eighty-seven days until the end of the Badí or Bahá'í calendar, 
I have a great deal planned for the coming weeks: 
Go away fear! 

I place everything in Baha'u'llah's hands, 
Because alone I cannot accomplish any goals or plans, 
I know that God may have many things in mind, 
Therefore, I place everything in His hands 
And the hands of His Glory. 

Baha'u'llah is the Glory of God, 
The reflection of the Divine Unknowable Essence 
To humanity. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

On the Eve of My Birthday

On the eve of my 71st birthday, 
I contemplate the last five years, 
And my plans 
To visit Mama's grave 
On my December 24. 

On the eve of my birthday, 
I think about how much 
I miss Mama, 
How much I miss celebrating 
My birthday 
With her. 

On the even if my birthday, 
I sigh 
When I think about 
My birthday 
At her grave. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The first day of winter approaches, 
And the temperatures fall 
Toward the single digits. 

Will winter solstice 
Bring us the first freeze? 

I check the temperature app 
On my phone, 
It reads 55 degrees 
As lunch time nears, 
But last night 
The temperatures descended into 
The mid 40s. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Living a Baha'i Life

To live a Baha'i life 
One must live one day at a time. 

To live a Baha'i life  
One must strive to live as Baha'u'llah commands. 

To live a Baha'i life  
One must take one step at a time. 

To live a Baha'i life  
One must intone a teaching prayer each day. 

To live a Baha'i life  
One must plant seeds one heart at a time.