Three years ago, Neda Najibi started a series on her Facebook page titled ‘Did You Know?’ portraying stories about Bahá’í Heroes and Heroines. She did this because she noticed there wasn’t a single online location systematically attempting to capture the heroism, struggles, victories, sacrifices, and the dedication of past and present Bahá’ís.
The death of Neda’s father (Nassir Najibi 1925-2013) gave her the impetus to launch Bahá’í Chronicles, to honour the many heroes and heroines, past and present, of the Bahá’í Faith.
She undertook the project to honour the memory of her father and feels he has been her guiding light for the past two years of putting this site together.
The team that have created the site are: Neda Nassir Najibi, Co-Founder and Editor; Vanda Marie Khadem, Co-Founder.Bahá’í Chronicles intentionally does not make mention of the creators’ collegiate years, career environment or achievements but rather…
Do you think it’s time for a sequel to Sounds of Silence?
I couldn’t believe that a certain ‘famous’ person,
who will remain nameless (because I don’t want to be sued)
but we all know who he is,
recently said this song was boring and dated.
He might have had a point.
I’m not sure the rendition of it was anywhere as heart felt
as you both together,
but perhaps that’s because the singers
felt like they were staring into the headlights of fame
and just lost their way.
Their hearts were in the right place and
I don’t think they were able to perform
it the way they wanted.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, okay.
Maybe, the aforementioned ‘famous’ person,
just didn’t understand the deeper layers of this song. I’m sure…
‘I want to change the world,’ said the young poet
‘with a poem that makes you think
long after reading it.
You don’t feel like you were lectured
but something subtle crept into your heart
made a hole that penetrated
all you thought you once were sure of
so you started asking questions.
Questions about what you could do to make
the world more peaceful as one individual
in one family in a number of communities
and in a neighborhood and a country.
And when you reached that point of asking your questions
the hole in your heart became
something that you climbed into, and healed with an action
and whilst your action might not be a poem
it could be a song or a class that you took
at school as a teacher or
maybe you had an opportunity
to do something enormous like make an invention
or start a project, perhaps very small, perhaps very large,
that would heal the world
and thinking back you felt changed because the poem did something
powerful whilst you were reading, it empowered you.’
And the young poet went looking for her poem that could
change the world – with a heart full of love that overflowed, and a strong desire to avoid lecturing others when she was full of questioning holes she herself had to fill- by looking at the poems and poets that had changed her. She sought poetry seeds for a peaceful poet’s tree.
The girl with a flower in her hair
Motioned moonlight to visit her
Dancing light beams touched her face
Stillness touched ruby lips
Froze tears to her bones
Love still for her?
She could hope
Rachel says open your children to wonder about birds together learn each ones song and their many names as you wander their land maybe imagine flying to their tree top homes.
Rachel says imprint in them the story of the sea the delicacy of balance even on the rugged shorelines through them knowing its biography as if it’s their best friend.
Rachel says listen to the wind find the names of each wind so you can read its personality warm or cold and know when you should stay away from the sea and when you can embrace and nurture it.
Rachel says open to them to wonder so they will not pass by this world without knowing it calls to us from stars to shoreline moon dust to leaves.
Rachel leaves her love of nature on the shorelines of our present each wisdom wave saying wonder wonder wonder
The late Nell Arnold introduced me to Rachel Carson’s writing after seeing some of my photographs and poetry. We had been living in Far North Queensland in a country town surrounded by the natural environment.
I always loved biology and nature at school and one of our best excursions was mapping the shoreline, and if I had heard about Rachel earlier I am sure I would have wanted to study ecology. I think it’s time for me to read more of her work.
I am working on my first nature essay and searching for a focus for it. The clues come to me in photography, poetry, parenting, and connection. I am contemplating how science and art can come together and how we can find nature in the city.
Living in the city now, I miss that connection. I search for splinters of it, in noticing the bush turkeys that dig our yard and taking opportunities to go to the park and look for wildlife and work out the species of the trees. Every time we leave the city I feel the pull of the shorelines. I feel sad that we had to leave the natural surrounds of our old home for the opportunities the city offers. I carry those shorelines and rainforests in my soul.
If only the opportunities could exist in the spaces close to the environment, so that wonder was inbuilt into our opportunities. Now I look for the times we can go and find ourselves closer to the earth…
‘We shout as loudly as we can but our voices too are caged/and day after day death is denied as well as aid./No one listens, no one hears this wingless bird.’ (Mavash Sabet – ‘The Friends’)
Mavash Sabet’s Prison Poems (George Ronald Press, 2013) have been brought to the English speaking world in delicate and skilful adaptations by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani; she was assisted in this work by both her father and her mother.
Nakhjavani prefers to call them adaptations rather than translations due to the immense difficulty of translating poetry from other languages with absolute accuracy especially with the extra elements of metre and rhyme to combine with meaning and the cultural and spiritual dimensions of language.
It is challenging in the parameters of what should be a short a blog/article to convey the full power and complexity of the spiritual and emotional journey Sabet’s poems will take the reader…