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Sacred Poetry Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Commentary on the commentary --
My observations on these poems should not be read as the single, absolute meaning. A poem, like a dream, has layers of meaning -- and that meaning can shift over time and from differing perspectives. My commentary is offered in order to suggest a starting point for you to begin your own exploration into the poem's meaning. Even if my explanation feels right on the mark, please don't stop there. We must discover each poem's meaning for ourselves; otherwise the poem and its explanation remain largely trapped in the intellect. Sacred poetry is transformative poetry. Until we feel a poem working its alchemy on our own awareness, we haven't discovered its heart... -- Ivan


John of the Cross The Sum of Perfection
Kabir Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing:
Kabir He's that rascally kind of yogi
Kabir Hey brother, why do you want me to talk?
Kabir My body is flooded
Kabir The Drop and the Sea
Kabir The Lord is in Me
Kabir Within this earthen vessel
Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) In the cloud raindrops swirl
Kalidasa Exhortation of the Dawn
Kalidasa Waking
Kamalakanta Ever-blissful Kali
Kamalakanta Is my black Mother Syama really black?
Kamalakanta O Kali, my Mother full of Bliss!
Kamalakanta The black bee of my mind is drawn in sheer delight
Kanaka'ole, Edith E ho mai
Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
Khayyam, Omar [10] With me along the strip of Herbage strown
Khayyam, Omar [11] Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough
Khayyam, Omar [32] There was a Door to which I found no Key:
Khayyam, Omar [4] Now the New Year reviving old Desires
Khayyam, Omar [41 - later edition] Perplext no more with Human or Divine Perplext no more with Human or Divine
Khayyam, Omar [42 - later edition] Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit
Khayyam, Omar [45] But leave the Wise to wrangle, and with me
Khayyam, Omar [46] For in and out, above, about, below
Khayyam, Omar [6] And David's Lips are lock't; but in divine
Khayyam, Omar [66] So while the Vessels one by one were speaking
Khayyam, Omar [71] And much as Wine has play'd the Infidel
Khayyam, Omar [74] Ah, Moon of my Delight who know'st no wane
Khusrow Dehlawi, Amir I Asked
Kirmani, Hamid al-Din Swept Away
Ko Un Two beggars
Kuhi of Shiraz, Baba In the market, in the cloister--only God I saw
Lakota (Anonymous) Three Lakota Songs
Lalan As the man and the woman in me
Lalla Coursing in emptiness
Lalla I traveled a long way seeking God
Lalla Intense cold makes water ice
Lalla To learn the scriptures is easy
Lawrence, D. H. I Am Like a Rose
Lawrence, D. H. Pax
Lawrence, D. H. Song of a Man Who Has Come Through
Lee, Li-Young Nativity
Lee, Li-Young Out of Hiding
Lee, Li-Young Praise Them
Levertov, Denise Beginners
Levertov, Denise Illustrious Ancestors
Levertov, Denise Scraps of moon
Levertov, Denise The Fountain
Llull, Ramon January (from The Book of the Lover and Beloved)
Lu Tung Pin People may sit till the cushion is worn through
Luria, Isaac A Poem for the Small Face
Machado, Antonio Hope says
Machado, Antonio I dreamt you took me
Machado, Antonio Last night, as I was sleeping
Machado, Antonio Lord, You Tore from Me
Machado, Antonio Proverbs and Songs
Machado, Antonio Songs
Maghribi, Muhammad Shirin Each Way I Turned
Maghribi, Muhammad Shirin O End of Every Beginning
Maghribi, Muhammad Shirin The Moon of Your Love
Maghsoud, Moulana Shah Go to the Winery and exchange your robe for a drink of wine
Maghsoud, Moulana Shah The verbal unity comes from the words
Mahadevi, Akka It was like a stream
Mahadevi, Akka Through Thee have I forgotten Thee!
Mahadevi, Akka You are the forest
Mahadevi, Akka You can confiscate
Maharshi, Ramana The Song of the Poppadum
Maneri, Sharafuddin Here there is no we or I or this or that:
Masahide Barn's burnt down
Mechthild of Magdeburg A fish cannot drown in water
Mechthild of Magdeburg Effortlessly
Mechthild of Magdeburg Then shall I leap into love
Mei, Yuan P'u-t'o Temple
Merton, Thomas A Practical Program for Monks
Merton, Thomas Follow my ways and I will lead you
Merton, Thomas In Silence
Merton, Thomas Stranger
Merton, Thomas The Fall
Merton, Thomas The Sowing of Meanings
Milarepa The Profound Definitive Meaning
Milarepa The Song of Food and Dwelling
Milarepa The Song of Perfect Assurance (to the Demons)
Milarepa The Song on Reaching the Mountain Peak
Milosz, Czeslaw Late Ripeness
Milosz, Czeslaw On Angels
Mipham Rinpoche, Sakyong Fortunate Birth
Mirabai I am true to my Lord
Mirabai No one knows my invisible life
Mirabai O I saw witchcraft tonight
Mirabai Out in a downpour
Mirabai The Dagger
Mirabai The Heat of Midnight Tears
Misri, Niyazi Now No Trace Remains
Muhaiyaddeen, Bawa There is One God
Muktabai Where darkness is gone I live
Muktananda, Swami That which was not, came
Nachmanides (Nachman, Moses ben) The Soul Speaks (from Hymn on the Fate of the Soul)
Nagarjuna Change
Namdev The drum with no drumhead beats;
Nammalvar O Lord, infinite in Thy glory,
Nammalvar The earth and the far-flung sky
Nammalvar While I was waiting eagerly for him
Nanak, Guru Ek Omkar
Nasimi, Imadeddin Both worlds within my compass come, but this world cannot compass me
Nawaz, Gharib The Second Jesus
Nematollah Vali, Shah I beheld my essence
Neruda, Pablo Keeping Quiet
Neruda, Pablo Poetry
Neruda, Pablo The Poet's Obligation
Niffari (an-Niffari, Muhammad ibn al-Hasan) Stand at the throne (from The Standing Of the Presence Chamber and the Letter)
Nirmala truth is too simple for words
Nirmala why fear this moment
Novalis Uplifted is the stone
Nurbakhsh, Javad Come!
O'Donohue, John A Morning Offering
O'Donohue, John Beannacht / Blessing
O'Donohue, John For a New Beginning
O'Donohue, John I arise today
O'Donohue, John In Praise of the Earth
O'Donohue, John On Waking
Oliver, Colin Here I see no-one
Oliver, Mary Can You Imagine?
Oliver, Mary Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?
Oliver, Mary In Blackwater Woods

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