Ivan M. Granger

Bent by Ivan M. Granger

Bent by Ivan M. Granger

Bent by Ivan M. Granger Yes, seekers, do sit up, stand tall. But hear my bent secret: All saints slouch. God’s lovers lean into the divine embrace and there let the years pass. Struggling for straightness, your strivings shaken, learn what true knowers know: Effort clears the way, but the ste... »

First dawn by Ivan M. Granger

First dawn by Ivan M. Granger

First dawn by Ivan M. Granger First dawn. Even the birds in the tallest pines are surprised by the sun. Hits: 3 »

rock doves mourn by Ivan M. Granger

rock doves mourn by Ivan M. Granger

rock doves mourn by Ivan M. Granger rock doves mourn beneath gray clouds finches gather on telephone lines to chitter the long day away if they were only silent they could soar Hits: 4 »

City Fox by Ivan M. Granger

City Fox by Ivan M. Granger

City Fox by Ivan M. Granger true native his land has grown strange about him lean with life on silent steps through twilight he glides glanced by chance or by patience perhaps he stops in the alley way waiting for you to pass Hits: 2 »

Every Shaped Thing by Ivan M. Granger

Every Shaped Thing by Ivan M. Granger

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.” Hits: 2 »

Rain Upcountry by Ivan M. Granger

Rain Upcountry by Ivan M. Granger

Rain Upcountry by Ivan M. Granger Twin mares, bay brown, huddle and huff beneath the eucalyptus. Goats gather there too, sharp-eyed, waiting. Beneath his hutch a rooster darts his head, black and red, out and in again. And here I stand lacking the animal sense to step out of the rain. Hits: 2 »

All You Gurus by Ivan M. Granger

All You Gurus by Ivan M. Granger

All You Gurus by Ivan M. Granger All you gurus — Beware the poet. He sings your praises, spreading delightful lies and not caring. All you gurus — Beware the scholar. With devotion he records your entire history when you have none. All you gurus — Beware the priest. He builds spired temples on ever... »

Empty Dawn by Ivan M. Granger

Empty Dawn by Ivan M. Granger

Empty Dawn by Ivan M. Granger Why again the mask? Why do you disappear into the crowd? I know you have emptied my pockets while I dreamed. It is dawn, and you are not by my side. You have taken everything — but not me! Why wound and not kill? Was not the blade you brought for this heart? It is dawn... »

The Warbler Knows by Ivan M. Granger

The Warbler Knows by Ivan M. Granger

The Warbler Knows by Ivan M. Granger The warbler knows only dawn’s shaft of light on her breast. Forgetting false future suns, she sings in no voice but her own. Hits: 2 »

Earth and  by Ivan M. Granger

Earth and by Ivan M. Granger

Earth and by Ivan M. Granger Yogis do not touch the earth beneath their feet. All breath and fire, they grow thin, rootless, reaching only for sky. Wild-eyed shamans, earth’s children, pull medicine from peyote nightmares and twilight. Attending to family and village, rooted, they do not soar... »

Games in a green field  by Ivan M. Granger

Games in a green field by Ivan M. Granger

Games in a green field by Ivan M. Granger Games in a green field, children at noon. The only quiet — my shadow. Hits: 6 »

There Is No Letting Go by Ivan M. Granger

There Is No Letting Go by Ivan M. Granger

There Is No Letting Go by Ivan M. Granger There is no letting go. Even your absence touches me. The new moon is not gone; she hides her face in the night. Hits: 3 »

Goodnight Moon by Ivan M. Granger

Goodnight Moon by Ivan M. Granger

Goodnight Moon by Ivan M. Granger Beloved, tell me — Why do you come only when I orphan my ambitions? Why do you show only when all hope has fled? Why, Honeyed Moon, will you meet me only on my funeral bed? And, tell me — Why won’t the dead stay dead? Hits: 2 »

Thief of hearts by Ivan M. Granger

Thief of hearts by Ivan M. Granger

Thief of hearts by Ivan M. Granger Thief of hearts, you have ransacked this beggar’s hut, left me nothing. All I see now is the print of your pilfering hand everywhere. Hits: 2 »

Fidelity by Ivan M. Granger

Fidelity by Ivan M. Granger

Fidelity by Ivan M. Granger Beloved, do not retreat in wounded silence. You once whispered in my ear that you know even my dreams. Then you know I dream of laying with you again at our golden spring until I remember no other home. Hits: 3 »

Twelve Ways to Lose Your Head on Maui by Ivan M. Granger

Twelve Ways to Lose Your Head on Maui by Ivan M. Granger

Twelve Ways to Lose Your Head on Maui by Ivan M. Granger I. Piercing the clouds, fingers of sunlight caress the valley floor. The Iao Needle stands, its immense quiet crushing. II. Staring blindly out the window, no work getting done — a stolen moment when silence has stolen me. III. Reading, I shi... »

in love with the new sun by Ivan M. Granger

in love with the new sun by Ivan M. Granger

in love with the new sun by Ivan M. Granger in love with the new sun the cherry blossom forgets the night’s frost Hits: 3 »

Trinket by Ivan M. Granger

Trinket by Ivan M. Granger

Trinket by Ivan M. Granger Mother, you are too practical, trying to put this odd lump to good use. Melt me down. Make of me some golden trinket, some frivolous, bejeweled thing to please your eye. Hang me from your ear; let me rest against the warm pulse of your neck. Go ahead, Mother, it is just y... »

How Can I Explain by Ivan M. Granger

How Can I Explain by Ivan M. Granger

How Can I Explain by Ivan M. Granger Beloved, they want to know: Did I reach up to You, or did You reach out to me? And they want to know: What is real touch? How can I explain — we pour into each other. Hits: 2 »

When the Spring Thaw Comes by Ivan M. Granger

When the Spring Thaw Comes by Ivan M. Granger

When the Spring Thaw Comes by Ivan M. Granger Something they won’t tell you — That book of sins you hide beneath your pillow matters not at all. When the spring thaw comes we all go mad and shred it, tossing love notes left and right scribbled on the scraps. Hits: 4 »

Parched by Ivan M. Granger

Parched by Ivan M. Granger

Parched by Ivan M. Granger The parched know — real thirst draws rainwater from an empty sky. Hits: 2 »

To goslings by Ivan M. Granger

To goslings by Ivan M. Granger

To goslings by Ivan M. Granger To goslings just hatched, the entire world is a spring day Hits: 2 »

Medusa by Ivan M. Granger

Medusa by Ivan M. Granger

Medusa by Ivan M. Granger Medusa says — I was wisdom once, black as night. Now they call me: monster, gorgon, hideous-faced. So I hide behind this hissing curtain of hair. Lost little ones, breathe easy; you are free to not see. But what is a lonely old lady to do? I still wait for some daughter, s... »

Adi Atman 9 you you by Ivan M. Granger

Adi Atman 9 you you by Ivan M. Granger

Adi Atman 9 you you by Ivan M. Granger Adi Atman, I am a fool I place a picture before me and say — you you hosanna hari hari bol! daybreak and I whisper to the sun — you full moon night and I cry out — you summer downpour the thunder crash shouts for me — YOU drowning drunk ... »

Holy Ground by Ivan M. Granger

Holy Ground by Ivan M. Granger

Holy Ground by Ivan M. Granger Let the vision of the vastness you are leave you in glorious ruins. Pilgrims will come to imagine the grand temple that once stood, not realizing the wreck made this empty plain holy ground. Hits: 3 »