“We Might Have Had the Pleasure”

“We Might Have Had the Pleasure”

We might have had the pleasure had the time
Been right, and happenstance left us free
To choose a spot in which to plant a seed, perhaps a tree–
An eternity in a second chapter of a virgin field–or raise a kind
Of sacred dust while gathering pumice redolent of recognitions due,
Trusted as errata from the ancient books amongst
The monks’ and elephants’ litanies of growing sorrows
in a blighted land, and struck the bell or raised the trunk
To trumpet all that is the last hour, the last of majesties renewed;
These, remembrances of the whole, recreations stark
Against a wall of shrinking orisons charged to do
What they’ve always done. These, the memory of all that’s due
The earth, reunion of hosts in perennial remembrance of the Ark
Of their salvation. These, the gifts and treasures of the last great flood replaced,
Secured once more within Pandora’s jar, the behemoths’ sacred bones,
as tree rings, tablets stained, some broken, some  tattered but never erased.

2 responses to ““We Might Have Had the Pleasure”

  1. Yes, it is. It “feels” much like the effects of enigma as we in Montreal are preparing for the 100th Anniversary of the Master’s visit to Montreal in September out of which came five Hands of the Cause of God and the wife of the Guardian, not to mention bushels of seeds He firmly planted in the nine days He was here. This, in a city which, on the surface at least, seems withered in the winter and entirely devoted to its passions through one festival after another from April straight on through until the first leaves fall in autumn. Whether monks or elephants, memories are keen and while the flesh is weak, the spirit is always renewed….and THIS year, I, for one, cannot wait for the end of winter and the first days of personal physical renewal being able to walk outside without the need of gloves and hat!

    Stay warm in Dayton, my friend! Even ‘Abdu’l-Baha caught a cold while He was here, and although the Friends were delighted because He postponed His departure, He, of course, had to delay that departure by several days which of course meant that when it comes to the cold and its effects, sometimes it has the power to alter destiny, itself.

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