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the Book of Pain


Down to the sea, always to the sea,
it always all leads to the sea—
the bitter sea, the deep dark sea,
the lowest of echoes, the sea.
That is the me that I see
wandering the paths of delusion,
bereft of discernment
to be as I ought to be.
Thus have I found me
as thou also dost see,
swimming deep down in the sea,
that sea—
bidden or not, I am there.


Bahá’ís will recognize the allusions in this poem to The Tablet of Ahmad:

Rely upon God, thy God and the Lord of thy fathers. For the people are wandering in the paths of delusion, bereft of discernment to see God with their own eyes, or hear His Melody with their own ears. Thus have We found them, as thou also dost witness. – Bahá’u’lláh

The Tablet of Ahmad was written for a great spiritual hero of the early years of the Bahá’í…

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