art ~ spirit ~ transformation

e*lix*ir   #14
Ridvan 2022



Our Green Island

Artist Profile

Poems by Tami Haaland
An Interview with Tami Haaland

The Writing Life

Giving Voice to the Dispossessed by Anton Floyd


Poems from the Global Poetry Reading Honoring ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Imelda Maguire
Anthony A. Lee
Harriet Fishman
Valerie Senyk
James Andrews


The Literary Life of Rosey Pool by Richard Hollinger

Personal Reflections on Bahá’í Texts

Our Verdant Isle by Sandra Lynn Hutchison
The Circle of Existence by Susan Mottahedeh


Our Green Island
Pam Jackson
Nikki Manitowabi


Ruhi & Riaz by Eira

Voices of Iran

The Holiest Part of the Desert by Nava
A New Qiblih by Nahal Lofti


Anton Floyd’s Falling Into Place and Depositions by Jim Burke
The Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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Ann Sheppard


A Room in Akka

The thick stone of the walls
in a room small and tight
as a prison cell, cannot muffle

the clatter of the cart
as it travels along the path
from the Mansion at Bahji
laden with Persian rugs,
upholstered chairs,
porcelain vases.

As He looked out the window
He would have seen
the Covenant Breakers
striding along the balcony
under brightly colored eaves

I stand here, in His room
at Bahji and wonder,
How did He endure....

But He did so I could
be here now, sipping
hot tea with sugar
from a delicate glass cup,
and inhaling the scent
of so many rose petals.

James Andrews

Bio:   James Andrews is a native Californian who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Patricia, live in San Jose, California. Theirs is an international, multi-cultural family, with nieces and nephews around the world.