-A Poem by Hollow Reed
Living in a world where passion is fashion,
greed is what you need to succeed.
Honesty has been cleft asunder,
and the rebellion of man resounds like thunder.
Faithfulness and loyalty
have long ago taken their flight,
And emptiness and loneliness
has filled the world with fright.
The beast walks the plains in the garb of man
with his unquenchable thirst for blood.
While mankind’s Savior sits in His dungeon cell,
chained and shackled in the mud.
And I hear the Earth’s cry, as her atmosphere dies,
and her skies turn from blue to grey.
And the rain doesn’t fall without burning us all,
for now, life just gets in the way.
For the dead are living, and the living are dead,
in a world without a soul.
And what was once called the image of God,
now resides in the blackest of holes!
Hollow Reed shares the dream behind the poem:
Some years ago I had a very powerful spiritual experience, I had a dream of Who I believe to be Baha’u’llah. He had a very long beard that flowed to His waist, He was chained to both a floor and then a wall. I watched His beard turn white in the dream. I have never seen the picture of Bahá’u’lláh that is in the Holy Land, but, I know this was Him. After I woke up from this dream I had additional experiences that I am not prepared to talk about at this moment. But one of them was I became very inspired and started writing both poetry and prayers.
About Bahá’u’lláh’s 4 months of imprisonment in the Síyáh-Chál:
“In the Síyáh-Chál, God made known to Bahá’u’lláh His great Station. Wrapped in gloom, breathing the foulest of air, His feet in stocks, and His neck weighed down by a mighty chain, Bahá’u’lláh received the first stirrings of God’s Revelation within His soul. Under these dreadful circumstances, the “Most Great Spirit” revealed itself to Him, bidding Him to arise and speak forth the Word of God…Thus from behind the darkness of the Black Pit rose the Sun of Truth…The Bahá’í Revelation was born. Yet Bahá’u’lláh did not inform anyone of what had occurred. He would await the appointed hour, ordained by God, to make His Mission known.”
(Ruhi Book 4, p. 101-102)
Isaiah’s prophecy about the imprisonment of the Redeemer:
(prepared by Joel Smith)
“He is despised and rejected of men… he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities… he was taken from prison (Akka) … for he was cut off out of the land of the living… thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed (his children), he (God) shall prolong his days.” -Isaiah 53 (KJV)
According to these passages, the Messiah will suffer greatly in prison… so greatly that his friends and family will be astonished by his bruises, his wounds and his marred appearance. Isaiah promises, however, that despite his sufferings, the Messiah will live to see his children and that God “shall prolong his days”… the “redeemer” will have a long life.
Did Baha’u’llah do these things? Yes, he did! (-Joel Smith)