Days Outside Time

Seven years ago, my friend Gretchen asked me to write a back and forth dialog between two kids that would explain (more or less) the Baha’i Holiday Season known as Ayyam-i-Ha.   Also known as "Days of Ha" and "Intercalary Days." these are the final days of February and are days that are actually out side the Baha’i calendar.  They are officially
OUT SIDE OF TIME! wooo-hooooo.

During the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há Bahá’ís are encouraged to celebrate  by showing love, fellowship and unity. In many instances Bahá’ís give and accept gifts to show forth the love, and it is sometimes seen as a "Bahá’í Christmas" held two months late. 

As those days come up pretty soon, I thought it would be fun to post this little kids’ ditty I wrote in the middle of the night in my upstaIrs lair in Mukilteo,Washington.

I’m feeling quite happy,
I’m feeling quite fine.
It’s Ayyam-i-Ha,
The days outside time!

Days outside time?
That makes no sense at all!
You mean no watch on your wrist?
No clock on the wall?
How can you have days outside time
That makes no sense, no reason, no rhyme.
Besides, if I may say so, and I certainly will,
If you think there’s no time, you must be quite ill.

I’m not sick in the head, nor home sick in bed,
Days outside time,
What a relief
No time for sadness, worry or grief!

You are silly as can be,
I must insist,
Days outside time can never exist!

Oh, tell me then, stand right up and speak,
what Baha’i
month this is, what Baha’i day of the week?

Is it the first day of Speech, Glory or  Splendor, Knowledge, or Questions, one or another? No, these days have no months or weeks to be in,
So these days are outside time — does that make your head spin?

Days outside time what a strange thing to say.
Time is how we measure the length of a day.
Besides, time is important, I’m here to shout
Time is something I don’t want to run out!

You can’t run out of what isn’t there,
If you’re bald all your life, you don’t miss your hair.

That makes no sense either, you’re making me laugh.
But explain this much faster, cut it in half.

Ok ok, if you say so.
I’ll tell you right now, and then you can go.
Ayyam-i-Ha is all about fun
And kindness, charity
And us all being one.
People are often in so much of a  hurry
Their life is a mess, a run around flurry
They have so little time to
get things done,
everything is half-baked, and left most undone
But these days outside time are special as can be,
For these special days set us all free.
They remind us of love, and thinking of others,
Helping our moms, dads, sisters and brothers.
Days outside time give you time by the double
Where there is love, there’s always enough time, and nothing is too much

Say that again, I like what I heard,
Say it slowly, word by word.

"Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there’s always
enough time" Abdu’l-Baha

Oh, I think I finally understand.
Ayyam-i-Ha is really quite grand
Days of kindness, joy and  delight
 From the start of the day ’till the last thing at night.

You got it now, my happy new friend
Time isn’t rock solid, it was made to bend
Love makes time go quickly, or slow down to a
Because where there is love, there’s always enough time, and nothing is too
much trouble at all.

I’m feeling quite happy,
I’m feeling quite fine
It’s Ayyam-i-Ha,
The days outside time

©2000 by Burl Barer
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3 Responses to “Days Outside Time”

  1. Terje Seljevold

    Hello Burl !
    I received your brilliant poem about the days without time from Marcia and Carl in Arizona, and I spontaniously put music to it. I am going to sing it in an Ayyam-I-Ha feast in Lillehammer,Norway tomorrow. I ask you kindly of forgiveness if you don’t like that I do it. If it is OK for you I would be more than happy. Has anybody else put music to it? I would also be happy if I could use it on my next cd with baha’i related songs.
    We can talk later about that. Happy days without time to you!

  2. Marcia Brehmer

    Hello Burl,
    I’m the one that sent Terje from Norway a copy of your Ayyam-i-Ha poem…which I got in an email from Mary Lou ? from Tucson. I also sent the poem to various other Baha’i friends on “My Space”. Several of them said they wanted to read it at their Ayyam-i-Ha celebrations! I hope to as well! It’s amazing how quick the net works! LOL
    Many Blessings,
    Marcia Brehmer
    Chino Valley, AZ
    PS. I know several Baha’is in Washington that use to live in AZ – Charlotte & Ken Cureton-now living in Olympia * Mitra McCauley in Wenatchee. We were there last year for a visit. Love the state….in the summer time…don’t like snow much, so it not my cup of tea in the winter time! LOL


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