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838) Published: Poem: The Ascension of Baha’u’llah May 29, 2009

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Typed and written 01:37, Friday, 29th May 2009 CE
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838) The Ascension of Baha’u’llah
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As I wait for 1:50
and setting out for the meeting at 3
one hour away by bike,
I contemplate the nature of my life
and it’s total dependence on Baha’u’llah
and His Faith;
to strive to better my understanding
of His stupendous Revelation
is uppermost in my mind
as it’s enormity
in the face of the moral degradation of the world
and it’s indispensibility
in serving the spiritual needs of mankind
becomes ever clearer;
and I ask myself
what am I to do with this knowledge
in service to others?
And THAT is a question
to which I do not really know the answer.
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837) Published: Poem: Taking care of business May 26, 2009

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Typed and written 17:40, Tuesday, 26th May 2009 CE
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837) Taking care of business
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After the emotions are quelled
the love AND the fear
then the mundane tasks of life
come into view
and get done;
the shopping, the paperwork, the chores
and THIS aspect of life,
the banal, routine and material
takes on SOME fascination,
and the weird and wonderful
seems trite and childish
in comparison;
such is another balance to be struck in life
between the material and the spiritual
and with BALANCE
more speed and progress
become possible, sustainable, stable, attainable.

836) Published: Poem: Win, lose or die May 23, 2009

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Typed and written 00:37, Sunday, 24th May 2009 CE
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836) Win, lose or die
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A sketch in The Omid Djalili Show,
episode 5,
which I just watched on BBC iplayer
featured a quiz show
called “Win, lose or die”
and “Nick”, an old codger of a contestant
had to choose for his jackpot
between Box Number 3
and Box Number 5;
he chose 3
and was promptly shot dead
for his mistake;
and so I too
have drawn a blank
and lost out of almost everything
for chosing a thirtysomething
rather than a fiftysomething;
such is life;
I have no regrets;
I take responsibility for my choice
and abide with resignation and contentment
with the consequences
however dire.

835) Published: Poem: Starry, starry night May 23, 2009

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Typed and written 23:53, Saturday, 23rd May 2009 CE
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835) Starry, starry night
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Walking back home
late at night
after a second Declaration of the Bab commemoration
the sky was gloriously clear
with the sunset having presaged
Castor and Pollux in Gemini,
Capella in Auriga
and further to the left
high in the sky, but declining,
Saturn with Regulus in Leo
Spica in Virgo
Arcturus in Bootes
pointed at by the curve of The Plough in Ursa Major
and rising on the other side of the sky
the summer stars of Vega in Lyra
and Deneb in Cygnus,
Altair in Aquila not yet above the horizon.
And all this after reading more of Dr Hoffer’s book on the bus,
how hyperactivity can be a result
of a deficiency of B3 and B6 vitamins
and I wonder at my own hyperactive, intense conversing with Ash
on the bus on the way home;
I wonder if my running frenetically
like a rat in a lab test treadmill
towards the stars
towards gabbling at Ash
towards craving the attention of God and Baha’u’llah
towards grabbing desperately at any slight indication of love
even towards expressing myself here
to expedite my dealing with my issues
I wonder if all this running
is a result of needing B vitamins
and the malnutrition of a deficient diet
which cannot cope with a life
habitually and historically beset
by anxiety, guilt, sorrow and more “running”.
I don’t want to be a hyperactive “Running Man” anymore.
Peace, rest, quiet calm would be nice for a change.

834) Published: Poem: Indulgence in idle fancies? May 23, 2009

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Dear Pete,
Here is your single’s love horoscope
for Sunday, May 24:

Scorpio: Be as brave and as bold as you want to be when it comes to romance. It may not end up exactly as you’d think, but it’ll be exciting nonetheless — and, really, what have you got to lose?

Gemini: Your weekend starts now, so shine up your dancing shoes and prepare for your personal party. If you can cancel your morning obligations tomorrow, you’d be wise to do so — it could be a big, fun night!

Typed and written 07:47, Saturday, 23rd May 2009 CE
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834) Indulgence in idle fancies?
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I would be bold here
in addressing you
and imagine that your dance
with me
on Sunday night
would be an electronic one
via the inter-net;
and again assert
that I have forsaken all others
in centreing all my affection on you
hoping you will not again take fright
or umbridge
at unwanted advances;
and hope your sword of Damocles
will cut my chains
and not cleave my skull;
but alas, it might all be as it has been
until now,
to no avail
and my heart remain forlorn
forever;
am I, like you, being “dramatic” again?
But am I right in suspecting
that you LIKE my being “dramatic”
or is that an “idle fancy”
like my indulgence in the discarded science
of astrology
and being in danger
of being an embodiment
of the allusions
of satanic fancy?
And you might never ever read this, anyway…

833) Published: Poem: Another all-nighter May 23, 2009

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Typed and written 05:41, Saturday, 23rd May 2009 CE
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833) Another all-nighter
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Another all nighter
and I feel it’s been VERY productive:-
prayer, washing up, paperwork
all due to sleeping until 16:00
the previous day
and THAT was due
to 2.5 mgs of Abilify
to calm me down by way of sedation
after, the previous night
when I found it well nigh impossible
to sleep
due to a feeling of nervous restlessness
in both legs and my left arm;
one advisor prescribes Magnesium
to get rid of this restlessness;
I’m more inclined
to think that exercise
to tire out my limbs
would be more effective;
out with the bike
instead of wasting money on buses!

832) Published: Poem: The Declaration of The Bab May 23, 2009

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Typed and written 01:27, Saturday, 23rd May 2009 CE
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832) The Declaration of the Bab
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This evening
before sunset
Steve gave me a lift
to a celebration and commemoration
of The Declaration of The Bab
which occurred 2 hours and 11 minutes after sunset
on the 22nd May 1844 CE or AD
in the city of Shiraz, Persia,
a meeting
between Siyyid Ali Muhammad
later to adopt the title of The Bab
or the Gate of God
and Mulla Husayn,
a spiritual seeker
a follower of Shaykh Ahmad i Ahsa’i
and Siyyid Kazim i Rashti,
who were two Islamic mystics
who had predicted the imminent appearance
of The Promised One of Islam
The Return of the Twelfth Imam
after 1000 years of concealment
from 260 AH to 1260 AH
or 1844 AD.
The Bab WAS the fulfillment of this expectation
as He later stated at His trial in Tabriz:-

“Whom do you claim to be,” he asked the Báb, “and what is the message which you have brought?” “I am,” thrice exclaimed the Báb, “I am, I am, the promised One! I am the One whose name you have for a thousand years invoked, at whose  mention you have risen, whose advent you have longed to witness, and the hour of whose Revelation you have prayed God to hasten. Verily I say, it is incumbent upon the peoples of both the East and the West to obey My word and to pledge allegiance to My person.”

(Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 315)

Firstly we were all treated to a feast of food and drink
then a devotional prepared by Maryam
then a discussion prompted by Steve
asking questions of Hassan
prompting comments
about Baha’i theology and Baha’i history
and making us aware
that two of our number
were descended
from two illustrious early Babis
namely Manuchehr Khan,
the Governor of Isfahan
and a businessman of Isfahan
who was cruelly martyred by the mob
who was given the title The Beloved of Martyrs,
and Hassan himself
being related the family of The Bab Himself.
This discussion as well as the devotional
consisting of prayers
and an account of the meeting
of The Bab and Mulla Husayn
were to me
very inspiring and exciting
and reminded me
of that Baha’i spirit
which has motivated and animated my life
albeit intermittently at times
for the last 34 years
since I first learned of the advent
of The Bab and Baha’u’llah,
in 1974.

831) Published: Poem: Sense of humour failure May 22, 2009

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Typed and written 18:16, Friday, 22nd May 2009 CE
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831) Sense of humour failure
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With Bulldog grim determination
there is no room for humour
or having “fun”,
just the logic and reason
and an act of will
to survive
no matter what;
after all
Mr Hofman said
that it was my duty to survive;
God knows why!

830) Published: Poem: Hitchiker’s polar opposites May 20, 2009

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Typed and written 07:51, Wednesday, 20th May 2009 CE
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830) Hitchiker’s polar opposites
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Bipolar opposites could be considered
as a real person
and a fictitious person
such as Kate Bush
and Arthur Dent
who are also polar opposites
in many other ways
but who MIGHT
in some universe
be strangely drawn to each other;
opposites attract!

829) Published: Poem: Opposite names attract May 20, 2009

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Typed and written 05:37, Wednesday, 20th May 2009 CE
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829) Opposite names attract
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Here in Middle Earth
opposite names
like the sexes
like opposite poles
like opposites
attract
just as like poles repel
as in “the introvert and extrovert in love
making it work when opposites attract”
by Marti Laney, Psy.D, MFT
and Michael L Laney
but who is extrovert
and who is introvert
when we are both bipolar
or two-faced
and wear a multitude of different hats
at different times?
The name of Middle Earth:-
KA, the Ford Ka has it
on 7th September 2007
from Marlow to Maidenhead,
the last time we spoke?