The Dragons of Rizbania
A classic Fairy tale form set in a future time: A young prince goes on his quest ad meets dragons, which he sets out to slay. However, he discovers the dragons are parts of himself and he cannot kill them, but must understand their purpose in his personality, and come to terms with these troublesome parts of himself.
1. As you might imagine, there was a Prince. His name was Kan, which means ‘Brave Heart’ and he was a merry little boy who liked parakeets and turtles, shooting his bow and arrow and reading about life in other galaxies.
2. He wore a puzzled frown as he entered the reception room. Usually if his mother or father wanted him, they came where he was or called him to them; but to be fetched by royal summons, like the government official, or an ambassador . . . well, it was strange indeed. He came before them still frowning, and they watched him approach. His mother was smiling as if to reassure him and his father’s eyes were kindly but grave.
3. ‘You are to be sent on a mission,’ said his mother, ‘which will take you far from home. In the north-easternmost quarter of the Kingdom, in the Province of Emota, there is great unrest. We have had reports from the people that there is a dragon – or dragons – upsetting and harassing them. You, therefore, will go to Emota, learn what you can, seek out the dragon, and free our country men of this scourge.’
Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope
Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope tells the story of Shirin, a woman living in Persia in the mid-1800s, a time of great religious fervor. When the government burns her home because of her association with the Baha’i Faith, a religion considered to be a heresy by the Persian government, she is forced to leave her native land and seek protection in Russia, where she falls in love and learns about the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah. When she must leave Russia to settle in France, she has learned much about the new Faith, as well as discovered the strength within herself to survive and overcome hardship.
Prayers from the Land of the Living
These narrative poems examine five seminal moments in the life of Christ and the effect they produced on both those who saw Him for who He was, as well as on those who saw only a human event. The prayers imagined here present a picture of the human condition without Faith, and resolves with the recognition of the resurrection. While the work has been popular read aloud for such events as Lenten program series, they also are a moving incentive to private mediation.