Sacred Poetry Commentaries by Ivan M. Granger

About poetry 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


Abhishiktananda, Swami (Le Saux, Henri) Arunachala is a symbol
Abhishiktananda, Swami (Le Saux, Henri) Return within
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said A pious one with a hundred beads on your rosary
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Beg for Love
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Detached You are, even from your being
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said If you do not give up the crowds
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said If you keep seeking the jewel of understanding
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Love came
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Love came and emptied me of self
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Rise early at dawn, when our storytelling begins
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Sorrow looted this heart
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said The day Love was illumined
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said The sum total of our life is a breath
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Though burning has become an old habit for this heart
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said When the desire for the Friend became real
Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham A Holy Tabernacle in the Heart (from Life of the Future World)
Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham Circles 4 (from Life of the Future World)
Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham Their mystery is (from Life of the Future World)
Adyashanti So Cheap
AE (Russell, George William) Star Teachers
AE (Russell, George William) The Place of Rest
Akha Where there is no sense of the world
Akhmatova, Anna A land not mine, still
al-Alawi, Ahmad Layla
Alighieri, Dante The love of God, unutterable and perfect
Allama Prabhu If it rains fire
Allama Prabhu Light
Allama Prabhu Looking for your light
Ammons, A. R. An Improvisation for Angular Momentum
Ammons, A. R. Eyesight
Ammons, A. R. Identity
Ammons, A. R. Next to Nothing
Ammons, A. R. Poetics
Ammons, A. R. Still
Angelou, Maya A Brave and Startling Truth
Angelou, Maya On the Pulse of Morning
Angelou, Maya Phenomenal Woman
Angelou, Maya Seek patience
Ansari, Khwaja Abdullah Give Me
Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn My heart wears all forms
Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn When my Beloved appears
Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn While the sun's eye rules my sight
Arapaho (Anonymous) Arapaho Ghost Dance Songs
Attar, Farid ud-Din A dervish in ecstasy
Attar, Farid ud-Din A slave's freedom
Attar, Farid ud-Din Invocation
Attar, Farid ud-Din Looking for your own face
Attar, Farid ud-Din Mysticism
Attar, Farid ud-Din The angels have bowed down to you and drowned
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Dullard Sage
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Lover
Attar, Farid ud-Din The moths and the flame
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Nightingale
Attar, Farid ud-Din The pilgrim sees no form but His and knows
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Simurgh
Aurobindo The Word of The Silence
Ayaz Coming to know You
Bacharach, Naftali A Poem for the Sefirot as a Wheel of Light
Badakhshani, Binavi Clear Wine
Basava The eating bowl is not one bronze
Basava The pot is a God
Basava The Temple and the Body
Basava The waters of joy
Basava Where they feed the fire
Basho, Matsuo A banana plant in the autumn gale
Basho, Matsuo awakened
Basho, Matsuo Come, let's go
Basho, Matsuo Crow's
Basho, Matsuo Fever-felled half-way
Basho, Matsuo Skylark
Basho, Matsuo The temple bell dies away
Basho, Matsuo Year's end
Battacharya, Mahendranath Oh Ma Kali, for a long time now
Battacharya, Mahendranath Screening its face amongst lotus stalks
Battacharya, Mahendranath Tell me, what are you doing now, Mind
Bays, Hogen In this passing moment
Bedil, Abdul-Qader Creation's Witness
Bedil, Abdul-Qader His Living Proof
Berrigan, Daniel Credentials
Berry, Wendell A Spiritual Journey
Berry, Wendell How to Be a Poet
Berry, Wendell Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1985, V
Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1999, VII
Berry, Wendell Testament
Berry, Wendell The Peace of Wild Things
Berry, Wendell The Real Work
Berry, Wendell The Wild Geese
Berry, Wendell To Know the Dark
Blake, William Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem)
Blake, William The Divine Image
Booth, Philip First Lesson
Booth, Philip How to See a Deer
Brabazon, Francis Dawn is a Friend
Broughton, James Not dawdling
Bulleh Shah Bulleh! to me, I am not known
Bulleh Shah Chanting, chanting the Beloved’s name
Bulleh Shah One Thread Only
Bulleh Shah Remove duality and do away with all disputes
Buson Clinging to the bell
Buson Miles of frost
Buson On these southern roads
Buson spring rain
Buson This cold winter night
Buson winter moon
Catherine of Siena We were enclosed (from Prayer 20)
Cavafy, Constantine P. Ithaca
Chikako, Jusammi On this summer night
Ching-Yuen, Loy No use fretting over gold, beauty or fame;
Chiyo-ni, Fukuda loneliness
Chiyo-ni, Fukuda whatever I pick up
Clare of Assisi Draw me after You!
Clare of Assisi Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Clare of Assisi What you hold, may you always hold
Clare of Assisi When You have loved, You shall be chaste
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Kubla Khan
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Reason
Colliver, Andrew Come
Colliver, Andrew Good Medicine
Colliver, Andrew Nocturne
Colliver, Andrew The Further You Go
cummings, e. e. i carry your heart with me
cummings, e. e. i thank You God for most this amazing
cummings, e. e. let it go -- the
cummings, e. e. love is a place
cummings, e. e. may my heart always be open to little
Dariya Sahib of Bihar The musk is within the deer
Dariya Sahib of Bihar Who can describe the Source of the universe
Dasimayya, Devara Suppose you cut a tall bamboo
Dasimayya, Devara The Hovering One
Dasimayya, Devara To the utterly at-one with Siva
Dasimayya, Devara What can I hurt now
Dasimayya, Devara Whatever It was
Dickinson, Emily Always Mine!
Dickinson, Emily Forever -- is composed of Nows
Dickinson, Emily I'm ceded--I've stopped being Theirs
Dickinson, Emily Me from Myself -- to banish
Dickinson, Emily Some keep the Sabbath going to the Church
Dickinson, Emily Take Your Heaven further on
Dickinson, Emily There came a Day at Summer's full
Dickinson, Emily 'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
Dickinson, Emily Who has not found the Heaven--below
Dionysius the Areopagite Lead us up beyond light
Dogen, Eihei Ching-ch'ing's raindrop sound
Dogen, Eihei Impermanence
Dogen, Eihei In the stream
Dogen, Eihei One of six verses on snow:
Dogen, Eihei True person manifest throughout the ten quarters of the world
Dogen, Eihei Worship
Dogen, Eihei Zazen
Eldar Edda (Anonymous) Odin's Shaman Song (from Eldar Edda)
Eliot, T. S. At the still point of the turning world (from The Four Quartets)
Eliot, T. S. I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you (from Four Quartets)
Emre, Yunus A single word can brighten the face
Emre, Yunus Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Emre, Yunus Let's Take Yunus Emre
Emre, Yunus One Who Is Real Is Humble
Emre, Yunus The drink sent down from Truth
Emre, Yunus The lover is outcast and idle
Emre, Yunus Those who became complete
Emre, Yunus True speech is the fruit of not speaking
Emre, Yunus We entered the house of realization
Faiz, Faiz Ahmad Bol - Speak
Farid, Baba Sheikh I thought I was alone who suffered
Feng-kan (Big Stick) Actually there isn't a thing
Feuerstein, Georg Odin's Ordeal
Francis of Assisi Let the whole of mankind tremble
Francis of Assisi Prayer Inspired by the Our Father
Francis of Assisi The Canticle of Brother Sun
Francis of Assisi The Canticle of Brother Sun
Francis of Assisi The Praises of God
Francis of Assisi The Prayer Before the Crucifix
Galib, Seyh Love is a lamp of God, I am its moth
Ganjavi, Mahsati The Pathway Finally Opened
Gascoigne, Dame Catherine One thing alone I crave / Unum sit mihi totum
Ghalib, Mirza Let the ascetics sing of the garden of Paradise
Ghalib, Mirza The drop dies in the river
Ghalib, Mirza The Footprint
Gibran, Kahlil Bewildered
Gibran, Kahlil Giving
Gibran, Kahlil Good and Evil
Gibran, Kahlil Pain
Gibran, Kahlil Reason and Passion
Gibran, Kahlil Self-Knowledge
Gikatilla, Joseph The Nut Garden
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Ha! What is this dance of bliss (from Faust)
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Something Like the Sun
Gosain, Haude On the other shore
Govindasvami Holy sixth day
Granger, Ivan M. Adi Atman 9: you you
Granger, Ivan M. All You Gurus
Granger, Ivan M. Bent
Granger, Ivan M. City Fox
Granger, Ivan M. Every Shaped Thing
Granger, Ivan M. Holy Ground
Granger, Ivan M. How Can I Explain?
Granger, Ivan M. in love with the new sun
Granger, Ivan M. Medusa
Granger, Ivan M. Parched
Granger, Ivan M. Rain Upcountry
Granger, Ivan M. The Warbler Knows
Granger, Ivan M. Thief of hearts
Granger, Ivan M. To goslings
Granger, Ivan M. Twelve Ways to Lose Your Head on Maui
Granger, Ivan M. When the Spring Thaw Comes
Granum Sinapis (Anonymous) Granum Sinapis
Guilhem IX of Poitou Joyous in love, I make my aim
Gyatso, Kelsang Little Tiger
Hadewijch All things
Hadewijch God must give us a renewed mind (from Vale Millies)
Hadewijch Love has subjugated me
Hadewijch The Queen of Sheba
Hadewijch You who want
Hafiz A New World
Hafiz Cupbearer, it is morning, fill my cup with wine
Hafiz It Is Time to Wake Up!
Hafiz Spring and all its flowers
Hafiz Sun Rays
Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) A Still Cup
Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) No Conflict
Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) The Great Religions
Hakuin Hakuin's Song of Zazen
Hakuin Past, present, future: unattainable
Hakuin The monkey is reaching
Hallaj, Mansur al- I Witnessed My Maker
Hallaj, Mansur al- If They Only Knew
Hallaj, Mansur al- Kill me, my faithful friends
Hallaj, Mansur al- You glide between the heart and its casing
Hallaj, Mansur al- You Went Away but Remained in Me
Hallaj, Mansur al- Your spirit is mingled with mine
Hamadani, Ayn al-Qozat Nonexistence
Hamadani, Ayn al-Qozat Within the eye of the eye
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Above Cold Mountain the moon shines alone
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Children I implore you
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Here's a message for the faithful
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Someone lives in a mountain gorge
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) This rare and heavenly creature
Hanh, Thich Nhat Interrelationship
Hanh, Thich Nhat Looking for Each Other
Hanh, Thich Nhat Please Call Me by My True Names
Hanh, Thich Nhat Walking Meditation
Hao-jan, Meng Master I's Chamber in the Ta-yu Temple
Hatun, Zeynep I am a fountain, You are my water
Hawaiian (Anonymous) Ho'opuka E Ka La (Rise, O Sun)
Hayati, Bibi Before there was a hint of civilization
Hayati, Bibi How can I see the splendor of the moon
Hayati, Bibi Is it the night of power
Hekhalot Hymns (Anonymous) The Face of God
Herbert, George Church Monuments
Herbert, George The Altar
Herbert, George The Elixir
Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Intimate Hymn
Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua The Word Most Precious
Hildegard von Bingen Ave generosa / Hymn to the Virgin
Hildegard von Bingen Laus Trinitati / Antiphon for the Trinity
Hildegard von Bingen O Euchari in leta via / Sequence for Saint Eucharius
Hildegard von Bingen O ignis Spiritus Paracliti
Hildegard von Bingen O most noble Greenness, rooted in the sun
Hildegard von Bingen O nobilissima viriditas
Hildegard von Bingen O spectabiles viri / Antiphon for Patriarchs and Prophets
Hildegard von Bingen O virga mediatrix / Alleluia-verse for the Virgin
Hirshfield, Jane Metempsychosis
Hirshfield, Jane The Task
Hirshfield, Jane Tree
Holderlin, Friedrich All the Fruit...
Hopkins, Gerard Manley God's Grandeur
Howe, Marie Annunciation
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [1] There is the leisurely one (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [14] The best student goes directly to the ultimate (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [16] When I consider the virtue of abusive words (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [19] Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [25] Just take hold of the source (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [39] Right here it is eternally full and serene (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [46] People hear the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [48] In the sandalwood forest, there is no other tree (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [52] From my youth I piled studies upon studies (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [55] When all is finally seen as it is, (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [56] The hungry are served a king's repast (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [60] The remarkable power of emancipation (from The Shodoka)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Compared to my dawn (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar I sought her from myself (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar In memory of the beloved (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
Ibn al-Farid, Umar In truth, I led my prayer leader in prayer (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar No one speaks (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Resist the calls of wrangling talk (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar They say to me: "Do describe it (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Unveiling herself revealed (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Whispering, then listening close (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn Ata' Illah A feeling of discouragement when you slip up
Ibn Ata' Illah How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
ibn Gabirol, Solomon Ecstasy
ibn Gabirol, Solomon Rise and open the door that is shut
ibn Gabirol, Solomon Thou Livest
Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) A Fisherman
Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) inside the koan clear mind
Iraqi, Fakhruddin As sunlight is attributed to the moon, so is the Beloved's form ascribed to the lover; but in truth
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Every word of every tongue is
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Everywhere veiled
Iraqi, Fakhruddin It speaks to me in the silence of this one
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Love plays its lute behind the screen
Iraqi, Fakhruddin My eyes so fix
Iraqi, Fakhruddin The world but seems to be
Iraqi, Fakhruddin These perfumes
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Whether they know Thee or not
Islam, Nazrul He who has seen my Mother
Issa, Kobayashi Autumn wind
Issa, Kobayashi Buddha's body
Issa, Kobayashi does the woodpecker
Issa, Kobayashi Don't weep, insects
Issa, Kobayashi even poorly planted
Issa, Kobayashi From burweed
Issa, Kobayashi In my hut
Issa, Kobayashi into morning-glories
Issa, Kobayashi Never forget
Issa, Kobayashi Reflected
Issa, Kobayashi stillness
Issa, Kobayashi Where there are humans
Izzet, Asik Ali The Path of the Beautiful
Jacobsen, Rolf Moon and Apple
Jacobsen, Rolf When They Sleep
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) As air carries light poured out by the rising sun
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) How the Soul Through the Senses Finds God in All Creatures
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love beyond all telling (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love, where did You enter the heart unseen? (from In Praise of Divine Love)
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Now, a new creature
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Oh, the futility of seeking to convey (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
Jakushitsu Gathering Tea
Jakushitsu Sitting in the Mountains
Jan, Chiao To Be Shown to the Monks at a Certain Temple
Janabai You leave your greatness behind you
Janabai You must accept those who surrender to you
Jayadeva When he quickens all things (from The Gitagovinda)
Jeffers, Robinson Carmel Point
Jimenez, Juan Ramon I Am Not I
Jimenez, Juan Ramon Oceans
Jimenez, Juan Ramon Who Knows What is Going On
Jnaneshwar Knowledge and Ignorance (from Amritanubhav)
Jnaneshwar The Union of Shiva and Shakti (from Amritanubhav)
John of the Cross Dark Night
John of the Cross I Entered the Unknown
John of the Cross Love's Living Flame
John of the Cross On the Communion of the Three Persons (from Romance on the Gospel)
John of the Cross The Fountain
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 [1] AWAKE! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
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, Awhad al-Din Swept Away
Ko Un A Smile
Ko Un Two beggars
Krishnamurti, Jiddu I Am All
Krishnamurti, Jiddu I have no name (from The Song of Life)
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 Don't flail about like a man wearing a blindfold
Lalla I traveled a long way seeking God
Lalla Intense cold makes water ice
Lalla Learning the scriptures is easy
Lalla One shrine to the next, the hermit can't stop for breath
Lalla To learn the scriptures is easy
Latif Bhitai, Shah Abdul If you are seeking Allah
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 One Heart
Lee, Li-Young Out of Hiding
Lee, Li-Young Praise Them
Levertov, Denise Beginners
Levertov, Denise Illustrious Ancestors
Levertov, Denise Looking, Walking, Being
Levertov, Denise Primary Wonder
Levertov, Denise Scraps of moon
Levertov, Denise The Depths
Levertov, Denise The Fountain
Levertov, Denise Variation On A Theme By Rilke
Levertov, Denise Witness
Levine, Stephen Millennium Blessing
Levine, Stephen Trust Your Vision
Li Bai Self-Abandonment
Li Bai The birds have vanished into the sky
Li Bai Yellow Crane Terrace
Li Bai You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest
Llull, Ramon January (from The Book of the Lover and Beloved)
Lowitz, Leza Waiting
Lu Tung Pin People may sit till the cushion is worn through
Lu Tung Pin What is Tao?
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 Last night, as I was sleeping [Bly]
Machado, Antonio Lord, You Tore from Me
Machado, Antonio Proverbs and Songs
Machado, Antonio Songs
Macy, Joanna Ecosattva Vows
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 Breath for fragrance
Mahadevi, Akka It was like a stream
Mahadevi, Akka Like a silkworm weaving
Mahadevi, Akka People, male and female,
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
Maneri, Sharafuddin If You welcome me, then I am Your accepted one
Manikkavacakar Becoming sky & earth
Masahide Barn's burnt down
McCombs, Chris Is This Your Time?
Mechthild of Magdeburg A fish cannot drown in water
Mechthild of Magdeburg Effortlessly
Mechthild of Magdeburg Then shall I leap into love
Mei, Yuan Climbing the Mountain
Mei, Yuan Nearing Hao-pa
Mei, Yuan P'u-t'o Temple
Merton, Thomas A Practical Program for Monks
Merton, Thomas A Psalm
Merton, Thomas Follow my ways and I will lead you
Merton, Thomas In Silence
Merton, Thomas Song for Nobody
Merton, Thomas Stranger
Merton, Thomas The Fall
Merton, Thomas The Sowing of Meanings
Merwin, W. S. Just Now
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 Forget
Milosz, Czeslaw Late Ripeness
Milosz, Czeslaw Love
Milosz, Czeslaw On Angels
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 Beloved Comes Home
Mirabai The Dagger
Mirabai The Heat of Midnight Tears
Mirabai Unbreakable, O Lord
Misri, Niyazi Now No Trace Remains
Mistral, Gabriela Those Who Do Not Dance
Mueller, Lisel What is Left to Say
Mueller, Lisel Why I Need the Birds
Muhaiyaddeen, Bawa There is One God
Muktabai Where darkness is gone I live
Muktananda, Swami Mukteshwari
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
Nanak, Guru [Japji 8] From listening
Naropa The Summary of Mahamudra
Nasimi, Imadeddin Both worlds within my compass come, but this world cannot compass me
Navajo (Anonymous) Navajo Prayer - May it be beautiful
Nawaz, Gharib Riddle
Nawaz, Gharib The Second Jesus
Nematollah Vali, Shah I beheld my essence
Nematollah Vali, Shah The Point of the Circle
Neruda, Pablo Keeping Quiet
Neruda, Pablo Poetry
Neruda, Pablo The Poet's Obligation
Neruda, Pablo Too Many Names
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
Nirmala words do not come
Novalis Uplifted is the stone
Nurbakhsh, Javad Come!
O'Brian, Ellen Grace Maya
O'Donohue, John For a New Beginning
Ojibway (Anonymous) Ojibway Song
Oliver, Colin Boundless
Oliver, Colin Endpoem
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
Oliver, Mary Mindful
Oliver, Mary Mysteries, Yes
Oliver, Mary Sunrise
Oliver, Mary The Buddha's Last Instruction
Oliver, Mary The Journey
Oliver, Mary The Lark
Oliver, Mary The Ponds
Oliver, Mary Thirst
Oliver, Mary What I Have Learned So Far
Oliver, Mary What is There Beyond Knowing?
Oliver, Mary When Death Comes
Oliver, Mary Wild Geese
Oliver, Mary Yes! No!
Osborne, Arthur Arunachala
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
Plunkett, Joseph Mary The Splendour of God
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
Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) O my Lord, the stars glitter
Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) Through and Through
Rabjampa, Longchen An Adamantine Song on the Ever-Present
Rahman Baba Soul Train
Ram Tzu (Liquorman, Wayne) Every time
Ram Tzu (Liquorman, Wayne) You are perfect
Ram Tzu (Liquorman, Wayne) You think of the Path
Ramakrishna Is there anyone in the universe
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) I drink no ordinary wine
Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) In the world's busy market-place, O Shyama
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) Tell me, brother, what happens after death?
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 Blessed Unrest
Ramsay, Jay I saw a great light come down over London
Ramsay, Jay In the End: The Beginning
Rasakhan Enchanted
Rasakhan Nectar Radha
Ravidas When I existed
Reninger, Elizabeth Bird Bath
Reninger, Elizabeth Dawn
Reninger, Elizabeth True Love
Rilke, Rainer Maria A Walk
Rilke, Rainer Maria Ah, not to be cut off
Rilke, Rainer Maria As once the winged energy of delight
Rilke, Rainer Maria Buddha in Glory
Rilke, Rainer Maria For your sake poets sequester themselves
Rilke, Rainer Maria I believe in all that has never yet been spoken
Rilke, Rainer Maria I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all
Rilke, Rainer Maria I live my life in widening circles
Rilke, Rainer Maria Silent friend of many distances, feel
Rilke, Rainer Maria Sunset
Rilke, Rainer Maria The Man Watching
Rilke, Rainer Maria Want the change
Roethke, Theodore In a Dark Time
Roethke, Theodore The Right Thing
Roethke, Theodore Was it Light?
Rosenstock, Gabriel a star
Rosenstock, Gabriel Fresh Paint / Péint Úr (from The Last Sasquatch)
Rosenstock, Gabriel frosty morning
Rosenstock, Gabriel I create silences
Rosenstock, Gabriel inch by inch
Rosenstock, Gabriel Look! a tree
Rosenstock, Gabriel to fully explore
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin During the day I was singing with you
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Fasting
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I lost my world, my fame, my mind
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I'm neither beautiful nor ugly
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Inner Wakefulness
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Like This
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin look at love
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Love is Here
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin No end to the journey
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin No One Here but Him
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Only Breath
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 The Thirsty
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin There is some kiss we want
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin This moment
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Today I'm out wandering, turning my skull
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin We are the mirror as well as the face in it
Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Whoever finds love
Ryokan Autumn's first drizzle
Ryokan Even if you consume as many books
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 Thinking
Ryokan This world
Ryokan You stop to point at the moon in the sky
Sa'di All Adam's offspring form one family tree
Sa'di If one His praise of me would learn
Sanai, Hakim Belief brings me close to You
Sanai, Hakim Bring all of yourself to his door
Sanai, Hakim Meditation
Sanai, Hakim Mystic Chat
Sanai, Hakim Naked in the Bee-House
Sanai, Hakim No tongue can tell Your secret
Sanai, Hakim Streaming
Sanai, Hakim The Good Darkness
Sanai, Hakim The way to You
Sanai, Hakim There is no place for place!
Sanai, Hakim When he admits you to his presence
Santoka (Taneda, Santoka) Hailstones, too
Santoka (Taneda, Santoka) If there are mountains, I look at the mountains
Sarmad Every man who knows his secret
Sarmad He dwells not only in temples and mosques
Sarmad My heart searched for your fragrance
Sarmad Once I was bathed in the Light of Truth within
Sarmast, Sachal Friend, this is the only way
Sarton, May The Work of Happiness
Sarton, May Unison Benediction
Schneider, Pat Instructions for the Journey
Schneider, Pat The Patience of Ordinary Things
Shabistari, Mahmud One Light
Shabistari, Mahmud Reason (from The Secret Rose Garden)
Shabistari, Mahmud The Beloved Guest (from The Secret Rose Garden)
Shabistari, Mahmud The Marriage of the Soul (from The Secret Rose Garden)
Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) All sounds are the resonance of voidness
Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) One must remain in the vastness
Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) See how, shaped by the excellence of the path
Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) The mind has neither color nor form
Shankara Nirvana Shatakam
Shankara You are my true self, O Lord
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
Shiwu (Stonehouse) Outside the door I made but don't close
Shiwu (Stonehouse) To glorify the Way what should people turn to
Silesius, Angelus Eternity is time
Silesius, Angelus God, whose love and joy are present everywhere
Silesius, Angelus In Spirit senses are
Silesius, Angelus So many droplets in the sea, in bread so many grains
Simnani, Ala al-Dawla What Was
Sinan, Ummi The Rose
Singh, Darshan How did I ever think silence the language of love?
Singh, Darshan How should I tell of the feeling that reigns
Sivavakkiyar In bricks and in granite
Snyder, Gary At Tower Peak
Snyder, Gary For All
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 Temple of Eternal Light
Soseki, Muso Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)
Soseki, Natsume The lamp once out
Soseki, Natsume Watch birth and death
Sri Chinmoy (Kumar Ghose, Chinmoy) Flames
Sri Chinmoy (Kumar Ghose, Chinmoy) The Absolute
Stafford, William Any Morning
Stafford, William Cutting Loose
Stafford, William Starting with Little Things
Stafford, William You Reading This, Be Ready
Stevens, Wallace The house was quiet and the world was calm
Stevens, Wallace Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Sun Buer Refining the Spirit
Swir, Anna Happy as a Dog's Tail
Swir, Anna My Body Effervesces
Swir, Anna Myself and My Person
Swir, Anna Priceless Gifts
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
Szekely, Edmond Bordeaux I will praise thy works (from The Communions)
Szymborska, Wislawa A Contribution to Statistics
Szymborska, Wislawa Miracle Fair
Szymborska, Wislawa The Camel
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 (38) I want thee, only thee (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 Listen, can you hear it? (from The Lover of God)
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
Teresa of Avila On Those Words "I am for My Beloved"
Teresa of Avila You are Christ's Hands
Thomas, R. S. But the silence in the mind
Thomas, R. S. The Bright Field
Thomas, R. S. The Moor
Thomas, R. S. Via Negativa
Tolkien, J. R. R. All That is Gold Does Not Glitter (Gandalf's Song of Aragorn)
Tolkien, J. R. R. Elbereth
Tolkien, J. R. R. Frodo's Lament for Gandalf
Tolkien, J. R. R. Gandalf's Song of Lórien
Tolkien, J. R. R. One Ring
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Song of Beren and Lúthien
Tolkien, J. R. R. Upon the hearth the fire is red
Traherne, Thomas Love
Trinley, Karma A Song on the View of Voidness
Trungpa, Chogyam Sutra
Trungpa, Chogyam The Education of the Warrior
Tsogyel, Yeshe The Supreme Being is the Dakini Queen of the Lake of Awareness!
Tsvetaeva, Marina I know the truth
Tsvetaeva, Marina The gold that was my hair has turned
Tukaram All men to me are god-like Gods!
Tulsi Sahib Sound Celestial
Tulsi Sahib Within This Body
Ungar, Lynn Boundaries
Valad, Sultan The Soul That Does not Live in God is not Alive
Vaughan, Henry The Morning Watch
Vaughan, Henry The Night
Vaughan, Henry Vanity of Spirit
Vidyapati All my inhibition left me in a flash
Vidyapati As the mirror to my hand
Vidyapati My friend, I cannot answer when you ask me to explain
Vidyapati The moon has shone upon me
Vivekananda In dense darkness, O Mother
Walcott, Derek Earth
Walcott, Derek Love After Love
Walters, Dorothy After
Walters, Dorothy Hymn to the Nameless One
Walters, Dorothy If You Want
Walters, Dorothy Preparing to Greet the Goddess
Walters, Dorothy Still Life
Walters, Dorothy The Abundance of Brightness
Walters, Dorothy Waiting
Wei, Wang Cooling Off
Whitman, Walt [1] I celebrate myself, and sing myself (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [17] These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [3] I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [4] Trippers and askers surround me (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [44] It is time to explain myself -- let us stand up (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [5] I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [6] A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt Grand is the Seen
Whyte, David All the True Vows
Whyte, David It is Not Enough
Wordsworth, William Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows (from The Prelude, Book 1)
Wordsworth, William Such was the Boy--but for the growing Youth (from The Excursion, Book 1)
Wordsworth, William The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star (from Ode. Intimations of Immortality)
Wordsworth, William Thus while the days flew by, and years passed on (from The Prelude, Book 2)
Wright, Richard I am nobody:
Wu Men Hui-k'ai Moon and clouds are the same
Wu Men Hui-k'ai One instant is eternity
Wu Men Hui-k'ai Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn
Wu Men Hui-k'ai The Great Way has no gate
Yakut (Anonymous) Yakut Prayer
Yamei Swallowing
Yannai The Celestial Fire
Yeats, William Butler Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Yeats, William Butler The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Yen-shou, Yung-ming Immovable Mind
Yitzchak of Berditchov, Levi Where I wander -- You!
Yogananda, Paramahansa O Spirit, reveal Thyself as Thou art
Yogananda, Paramahansa OM
Yogananda, Paramahansa Prayer for the Great Enlightenment
Yogananda, Paramahansa Samadhi
Yogananda, Paramahansa What bliss at the sight of Thy light!
Yun-k'an Tzu by willow's shade
Yun, Hsu An Exquisite Truth
Yun, Hsu Heart of the Buddha
Yun, Hsu Mirror Pond on Mount Taibo in Shanxi
Yun, Hsu Searching for the Dharma
Zohar (Leon, Moses de) Inside the hidden nexus (from Jacob's Journey)
Zohar (Leon, Moses de) The Gates (from Openings)