“Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of `Alá’ or “Loftiness”

Bahá’ís throughout the world gather this evening and tomorrow within the First Day of the Month of ‘Alá’ [Loftiness], the beginning of the last month of the Bahá’í Year, the Holy Fast Period! To the Bahá’ís of this world, may this Holy Fast Period last forever both in this world and the Next! God’s especial blessings to each and every one of you and to His Cause.


“Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of `Alá’ or “Loftiness”

Loftiness eludes sublimity; it does not see
Nor can it be foreseen; immortality does not supply
Such purities and lasting cosmic breath denies
The conjugated, kneaded lump of dark eternities
Made outcast once again, as liars feeding fledgling heirs
Of what is rudely thought or can be imagined. Our fathers’ God
Escapes perfections and His imperfections give themselves the nod
With every slightest noise perceived. Perhaps mutation unabashed in cosmic flairs
That time has maimed records elation, but forever never lasts beyond its glass
And crystals gleaned by accident and myriad DaVinci’s
sifting raw technologies. The void and vast,
And vaster steppes in languid liquid wastes seem all but lost and cast
As such for want of measurements and crude utensils, bowls amassed
Within infinities of ends not yet devised; we,
the latest Adam and recurrent Eve, are lost
Within a dull imagination seized from random deaf
desire and darker rites without a thought to cost.



2 responses to ““Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of `Alá’ or “Loftiness”

  1. It is a humbling universe. Holding even one grain of creation in our hands defeats our meager minds, our “dull imagination”. And yet a simple poem can whisper in our hearts and remind us: Always More!

  2. …As did A Sky Ahead when I read it…

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