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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


Oliver, Mary The Lark
Oliver, Mary The Ponds
Oliver, Mary Wild Geese
P'ang Yun (Layman P'ang) When the mind is at peace
Pampattic Cittar Dance o snake
Pampattic Cittar One must delve deep
Pawnee (Anonymous) Let Us See
Pima (Anonymous) Medicine Man's Song
Pima (Anonymous) The Creation of the Earth
Po, Li Self-Abandonment
Po, Li The birds have vanished into the sky
Po, Li Yellow Crane Terrace
Po, Li You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest
Porete, Marguerite Beguines say I err...
Porete, Marguerite Beloved, what do you want of me?
Porete, Marguerite Humility
Porete, Marguerite Peace of charity in the annihilated life
Qushayri When morning arose
Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) I have two ways of loving You:
Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) My joy
Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) O God, Another Night is passing away
Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) O my Lord, if I worship you
Rabjampa, Longchen An Adamantine Song on the Ever-Present
Rahman Baba Soul Train
Ram Tzu (Liquorman, Wayne) Every time
Ram Tzu (Liquorman, Wayne) You think of the Path
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) I drink no ordinary wine
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Mother, am I Thine eight-months child?
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Once for all, this time
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) So I say: Mind, don't you sleep
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) This time I shall devour Thee utterly, Mother Kali!
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Who is that Syama woman
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Why disappear into formless trance?
Ramsay, Jay I saw a great light come down over London
Rasakhan Enchanted
Reninger, Elizabeth Dawn
Reninger, Elizabeth True Love
Rilke, Rainer Maria Ah, not to be cut off
Rilke, Rainer Maria I believe in all that has never yet been spoken
Rosenstock, Gabriel faint sunlight
Rosenstock, Gabriel Fresh Paint / PÄint ˛r (from The Last Sasquatch)
Rosenstock, Gabriel to fully explore
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin During the day I was singing with you
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Fasting
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I'm neither beautiful nor ugly
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Inner Wakefulness
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin look at love
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin No end to the journey
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Secret Language
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Suddenly, in the sky at dawn, a moon appeared
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin That moon which the sky never saw
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The Absolute works with nothing
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The grapes of my body can only become wine
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The minute I heard my first love story
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin This moment
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Today I'm out wandering, turning my skull
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Whoever finds love
Ryokan First days of spring -- the sky
Ryokan The I Ching States Happiness Lies in the Proper Blend of:
Ryokan The thief left it behind:
Ryokan The winds have died, but flowers go on falling;
Ryokan This world
Ryokan When all thoughts
Ryokan You stop to point at the moon in the sky
Sa'di If one His praise of me would learn
Sanai, Hakim Belief brings me close to You
Sanai, Hakim Meditation
Sanai, Hakim Mystic Chat
Sanai, Hakim No tongue can tell Your secret
Sanai, Hakim Streaming
Sanai, Hakim The Good Darkness
Sanai, Hakim There is no place for place!
Sanai, Hakim When he admits you to his presence
Sarmad Every man who knows his secret
Sarmad He dwells not only in temples and mosques
Sarmad Once I was bathed in the Light of Truth within
Sarmast, Sachal Friend, this is the only way
Shabistari, Mahmud One Light
Shabistari, Mahmud Reason (from The Secret Rose Garden)
Shabistari, Mahmud The Beloved Guest (from The Secret Rose Garden)
Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) All sounds are the resonance of voidness
Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) The mind has neither color nor form
Shih Shu as flowing waters disappear into the mist
Shih-te (Pickup) Behold the glow of the moon
Shih-te (Pickup) Doesn't anyone see
Shikibu, Izumi Although the wind
Shikibu, Izumi Watching the moon
Silesius, Angelus Eternity is time
Silesius, Angelus God, whose love and joy
Silesius, Angelus In Spirit senses are
Sinan, Ummi The Rose
Singh, Darshan At dusk, at dawn I gaze upon your beauty
Singh, Darshan How did I ever think silence the language of love?
Snyder, Gary At Tower Peak
Snyder, Gary How Poetry Comes to Me
Snyder, Gary Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout
Snyder, Gary No Matter, Never Mind
Snyder, Gary On Top
Solovyov, Vladimir All in azure today
Solovyov, Vladimir Triumphing over death from the start (from Three Meetings)
Soseki, Muso Clear Valley
Soseki, Muso Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)
Soseki, Natsume The lamp once out
Soseki, Natsume Watch birth and death:
Stevens, Wallace Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Sun Buer Refining the Spirit
Symeon the New Theologian By what boundless mercy, my Savior
Symeon the New Theologian How is it I can love You
Symeon the New Theologian The fire rises in me
Symeon the New Theologian The Light of Your Way
Symeon the New Theologian We awaken in Christ's body
Symeon the New Theologian What is this awesome mystery
Szekely, Edmond Bordeaux God Speaks to Man
Szymborska, Wislawa A Contribution to Statistics
Szymborska, Wislawa Miracle Fair
Tagore, Rabindranath (1) Thou hast made me endless (from Gitanjali)
Tagore, Rabindranath (101) Ever in my life have I sought thee with my songs (from Gitanjali)
Tagore, Rabindranath (103) In one salutation to thee, my God (from Gitanjali)
Tagore, Rabindranath (80) I am like a remnant of a cloud of autumn (from Gitanjali)
Tagore, Rabindranath I touch God in my song
Tagore, Rabindranath On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time (from Gitanjali)
Taliesin A Poem for the Wind
Tennyson, Alfred Flower in the crannied wall
Tennyson, Alfred The Higher Pantheism
Teresa of Avila In the Hands of God

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