“Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of Masá’il or `Questions'”

Bahá’í’s throughout the world gather today to commemorate the First Day of the Month of Masá’il [Questions]


“Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of Masá’il or `Questions'”

Of sons, divinity required sacrifice;
Both obliged presented gifts, yet one
Found pleasure in the Judgment, son
And God were pleased; but, that the sacred rite
Eluded what was offered by the second
Brought an anger and a fire in Cain,
The fruit of envy, rancour, and desultory disdain
To both the elder brother and the God-reckoned
Greater of the two. Asked the Light,
“What hath made thee wroth?” silence was the answer.
The question posed, there rose no reply but cancer
Deep within the marrow of he who in his flight
Deduced the primal human action of the will:
Unbridled passion and the naked urge to kill.

2 responses to ““Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of Masá’il or `Questions'”

  1. What a wonderful sonnet-portrait of this timeless story of conflict and murder, intricately configured, as always, like a Swiss watch.

    • Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. You are so kind. I so rarely receive comments of any kind for my poems that I suspect they mean nothing to anyone but myself. Having said that, I continue as I always have because writing these poems and working with them provides so much a positive break in any given day that I suppose comments of any kind seem over and above the pleasure I receive in writing. I suspect you feel the same about your own work. Again, many, many thanks for your kind words.

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