Sunday, May 8, 2011

Speaking of Obligations.....(11) Mitakuye Oyasin

Baha'i Devotional Gathering in Zambia

Sitting here with my friends,
Mitakuye oyasin.
All my relatives,
All created things.

All those who have gone on.

The saints.  The Holy Ones.

We sit here with the best friend—
that Great Voice that speaks in my heart—

Sitting here we have a little coffee, a little tobacco.
We sit quietly and listen to the Great Voice,
remembering what we know (not much).
Remembering what is true.  What is true.

(eleventh in a series on The Long Obligatory Prayer.)


  1. Rhonda, you posted this a minute after I posted Dickinson's poem about Telling Truth with slant. I found it in a booklet you compiled for the Green Acre Writers workshop in 2008. The scene you describe here is a way to get to the truth "in circuit". I love it!

  2. Julie, I love it too!!! I love synchronicity......