Talk on the Baha’i Faith and the Arts

Hi all. Been a minute since I’ve been around these parts. Hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a very challenging few months but I am now experiencing incremental victories by the day, so things are good. Here is video of my first public talk, The Baha’i Faith and the Arts at the Houston Baha’i Center back in August.

In the talk we explore some philosophical underpinnings regarding how art is defined and how its purpose is perceived. We also delve into some perspectives on the arts from assorted historical figures such as Beethoven, Shakespeare and Van Gogh. The talk wraps up with an analysis of what the Central Figures and Institutions of the Baha’i Faith have to say about the arts and how these conceptions intersect with and are possibly influenced by some of the philosophical foundations presented at the beginning. Enjoy!

The Way Your Eyes Twitch…

The way your eyes twitch

In the candlelight
Does not lie.
A million wonders
And I find you here among
A shadow that prays
For penitence,
A million more ways to sunset.

Kiss me at once,
Mold my being with your
Questionless lips.
Deny not the ghosts of
Preludes past entrance between us.
Let them bloom violently
Until the passion subsides
With the morning seaside
Upon its return home.

War boasts not only for the wicked,
But for the plainsong of the lustful and the restless
Who fight for the tattered shawl that
Love left tied to the rock below,
The one we once thought was immovable
But that now appears to drift a little.