Feb 13 2013

Ivan M. Granger – Every Shaped Thing

Published by at 8:56 am under Ivan's Story,Poetry

Every Shaped Thing
by Ivan M. Granger

Sighing,
every shaped thing
turns
heavenward.

Your altar
cannot seat
the thousand thousand
idols.

Holding them,
what do you have?

Each gilded god
says:

“I am
impoverished
by the sun.

I can only
point
up.”

— from Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey, by Ivan M. Granger


/ Photo by hsld /

It has been a little while since I have featured one of my own poems, so here is one for you today…

I wrote this poem when I lived on the island of Maui years ago. I was standing outside with a scattered forest of eucalyptus and wattle trees in front of me, with Haleakala volcano to my back. I was standing there in a state of deep meditation, when I opened my eyes — and I just saw how everything is reaching, turning, pointing heavenward. The material world, when objectified becomes a confusing tangle of desire objects; but when seen truly, quietly, it acts as a great signpost guiding us, pointing out the direction.

All of creation — every person, every thing, even every idea, “every shaped thing” — is just a reflection of the divine radiance present everywhere.

Whenever we desire a thing… or person or experience, we artificially deify it, the desire and mental fixation becoming a low form of worship. We may tell ourselves, “I want this, I want that,” but what we unknowingly crave is not the thing itself, but that spark of the Eternal barely glimpsed within it. The desired object becomes a “gilded god” — false in the sense that it is not truly the wholeness we seek; but also, like an “idol” or icon, when approached sincerely and openly, material creation embodies something essential: it points to the Divine which it reflects.

No individual can ever gather enough objects of desire to satisfy desire. Every time we acquire that desired object or experience — a new job, a new lover, money, an ice cream sundae — there is a fleeting sense of satisfaction… and then it’s gone. And we’re already feeling desire again and looking for the next object to hang the desire on. We’re looking for the next thing that sparkles. But it is not the object we actually seek, it is that shine. And that shine is the spark of the Divine.

When we learn to see in gold the glimmer of the sun, then we see that everything shines — everything! — ourselves included. And then we are truly satisfied.






Ivan M. Granger, Ivan M. Granger poetry, Secular or Eclectic poetry Ivan M. Granger

US (1969 – )
Secular or Eclectic
Yoga / Hindu : Advaita / Non-Dualist

Ivan M. Granger grew up in Oregon and Southern California. He has also lived on the island of Maui. He now lives in Colorado with his wife, Michele.

“Poetry has an immediate effect on the mind. The simple act of reading poetry alters thought patterns and the shuttle of the breath. Poetry induces trance. Its words are chant. Its rhythms are drumbeats. Its images become the icons of the inner eye. Poetry is more than a description of the sacred experience; it carries the experience itself.”

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Poetry Chaikhana readers often ask me about myself. Who is the guy behind all those poetry emails? What drew you to sacred poetry? And just what does “Poetry Chaikhana” mean?

As a way to answer some of those questions, I thought I’d post an audio interview I did a couple of years ago. I talk a little about myself, and a lot about poetry — the transformational power of poetry, the ways poetry naturally expresses the sacred experience, the non-dogmatic nature of poetry. And I read a few poems.

I hope you find it inspiring and thought-provoking…

Click to listen: Interview with Ivan M. Granger

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Ivan M. Granger is the creator and webmaster of the Poetry Chaikhana website.

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Ivan M. Granger – Every Shaped Thing”

  1. Yewtreeon 13 Feb 2013 at 10:00 am

    Thanks, this has reminded me to buy your book of poems on Amazon, which I have just done :)

  2. Carolon 13 Feb 2013 at 11:01 am

    Thanks Ivan,

    Loved your poem – simply and beautifully written, stating the truth we sometimes
    forget that our desires are never satified. May we forever ‘see in gold the glimmer
    of the sun’ and remember that ‘I can only point up.’

    I continue to enjoy your book – keep it at my bedside. Thank you.

  3. Gulanon 13 Feb 2013 at 11:56 pm

    This is truely a simple and yet a very beautiful poem.. I enjoyed the analysis of your thoughts in this poem.

    Thank you very much for the hope and inspiration you give us everyday. May God bless you forever.

  4. Djanion 14 Feb 2013 at 2:23 pm

    hi Ivan.its good to remind us this simple thing call”illusion”and…the truth the two wolds who never meet each others.Things we can buy and things we can understand.Things we think we possess and the thing who possess us,Lovly week and for all

  5. Helenon 15 Feb 2013 at 7:36 am

    Thank you Ivan, I really needed that reminder today.
    take care!

  6. milvia arbaiza romeroon 15 Feb 2013 at 7:48 am

    DEAR IVAN, THKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR POEM “…EVERY SHAPED THING TURNS HEAVENWARD…” AND THKS ALSO FOR YOUR CHAIKHANA POETRY E-MAILS… I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE RESONACE OF POETRY IN GENERAL, AND MOSTLY INDEED THAT OF SACRED POETRY, UPLIFTS AND COMPENSATES FOR THE DENSITY OF OUR MATERIAL WORLD, THE HEAVINESS CREATED BY LOVELESS THOUGHTS, WORDS AND ACTIONS OF OUR DISORIENTED AND CONFLICTED HUMANITY…
    “I AM TOO ALONE IN THE WORLD, YET NOT ALONE ENOUGH TO MAKE EACH HOUR HOLY…” –RM RILKE—

  7. nanetteon 16 Feb 2013 at 12:05 pm

    thanks for the words of inspiration…
    if i stop striving and searching for, if i stop desiring and wishing for, if i stop wanting and wanting for more, then i know that i have peace inside of me, not only in my mind but also in my heart. then i know that i have set my spirit free…
    for all the pure ones whoe have stopped searching, for all who have found harmony within, may they always keep on looking and pointing to the sun inside of themselves!!!
    i wish you a great weekend, dear ivan…
    regards to your family too!
    nanette

  8. Ann Griffinon 26 Mar 2013 at 7:26 am

    Thank you so much for the reminder – immediate – and healing. Thank you for these offerings. I’m so glad a friend lead me to you. Blessings daily on your energy on your presence with us. Ann

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