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 Iyan Igma
Copyright 2008, 2009 by Iyan Igma

1st Edition, Condensed

Published by Iyan Igma via CreateSpace.com in Scotts Valley, Ca...
To my mother, who gave me life, nurture, spankings, peanut  
 butter, plenty of air and dirt to play in, three sisters to ...
A General Disclaimer to Prepare You for an Encounter with  
                        Insanity.

     This was written in a ...
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                                                 Assorted Dementia
Poetry....................
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     A Fit Gift.................................................................................
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     Paltry Reflections.........................................................................
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     ¡Aguas!....................................................................................
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     naked always...............................................................................
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     Apple Scented Death........................................................................
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La Extranjera..................................................................................
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 Cada Noche.....................................................................................
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     Secretly Awaited...........................................................................
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     Rustic Sense...............................................................................
Poetry
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                                                    Fantacism
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25 Look how I am covering up
   The evidence of my coming.
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                                               Tracking Your Influences

        I can see wh...
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Long after I cease to be 'round.




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                                                         Pummelos 

       Pummelos21, with t...
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     With feelings wild and uncouth26? 

    How is it the cherished present 
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                                           Going to Pick My Switch 

       I went to the sas...
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                                     'Neath a Melancholy Moon 

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                                                   The Lunatic 

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                                                   Lost Perseids 

        Perseids42, you've...
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                                               Lagrimas

       Sometimes I close the curtain...
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                                                Regar Con Lagrimas

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                                                           Ao Meditar

        I lie still an...
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25 I've pushed allergens65 far from thought
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                                            March 19, 2008

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                                         Temperate Emotions

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                                                     Starlet Blossom

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                                        Where the Dawn Perspires

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                                      Little Ants 

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                                      'Neath a Shroud of Gray 

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                                          Bluebells on a Hill 

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                                       The First Sweet Grass of the Season 

        It calls...
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     The taste's sour; nostalgia's93 kinder.




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                                                     Primordial Rites 

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                                               Sentimental Aquifer 

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What's the point of creating majesty 
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                                            to nowhere

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                                       Worn­out Bags of Care

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                                                Catch Me Faithfully

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                                            Dippers­Full in Slavery

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For in them all my hope is found.




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                                          Sand Art With My Son

      The sand dunes in the s...
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And his beard's gray, and I am gone,
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                                        My Nephew on Mother's Day 

      I have never had a ...
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                                                  Memories of You 

      Hello again, anothe...
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   In the thoughts that strengthen me each day, 
30 Gladdening my heart when I despair, 
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                                         My Next Planet 

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                                                Nepotism
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Would be my wisdom's grand decoy.




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                                        My Hair 

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                                          Life's Unbathed Simplicity

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329 poems and 15 short stories and fables. The true tales from the lives of the fictional nameless faceless, their hopes, their dreams, their fears, and bitter disappointment spanning from the naivete that left them alone and unprepared for a world that devours idealism and love and leaves them in broken pieces to their suicides or unlikely triumphs. As well, the tale of the transformative power of love that knows no bounds and that of a child coping with the lasting effects of divorce.

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  1. 1. More Heresies From Iyan Igma
  2. 2. Copyright 2008, 2009 by Iyan Igma 1st Edition, Condensed Published by Iyan Igma via CreateSpace.com in Scotts Valley, California ISBN: 144212816X EAN­13: 978­1442128163 This   work   is   licensed   under   the   Creative   Commons   Attribution­Noncommercial­No   Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by­nc­nd/3.0/us/ or  send  a  letter  to  Creative  Commons,  171  Second  Street,  Suite  300,  San  Francisco,   California, 94105, USA. In a nutshell, you are allowed to make copies and distribute it as long as it is not altered   or done for commercial use, and as long as you give me credit. Consult the license for   further details. Please Note that this is a work of fiction. Any similarities to actual events or people is   coincidental, unless otherwise noted. Iyan Igma can be contacted through one of the following ways: ●http://stores.lulu.com/iyanigma ●www.iyanigma.com ●www.createspace.com
  3. 3. To my mother, who gave me life, nurture, spankings, peanut   butter, plenty of air and dirt to play in, three sisters to beat me   up, trust, a name worthy to live up to, a heritage of perseverance   and overcoming, answers to a million questions, a love for the   oldies, reassurance despite my awkwardness and special toes,   love, and encouragement in my endeavours, especially writing.   I'll never really be able to tell you thank you, especially now   that you are allergic to chocolate. That lifetime supply I was   planning on giving you is out of the picture now. Thank you for   always wanting me to be happy and for encouraging me to be   the best, no matter what.
  4. 4. A General Disclaimer to Prepare You for an Encounter with   Insanity. This was written in a transitional period of my life. One part of the work found me   going through a divorce. Another part found me coping with life and healing and evolving   emotionally. Yet another section found me experiencing the rapture of falling into love   again and discovering once more how magical it is to feel your heart race when someone   dear is near. Some of the biggest influences on this book are A. E. Housman, whose poems I read   and reread several times (hence the ABAB rhyme scheme found in many parts,) Life,   Dreams, and my Extranjera. This was written from March 2008 to January 2009 in   bursts and spurts. Concurrent with its writing, I was finalizing Repressed Memories, a 2nd  Edition of The Dementia, and writing several children's books—in addition to working,   attending college, dating, and programming, etc. Poems: 329 Fables & Short Stories: 15 Words: 90661
  5. 5. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Assorted Dementia Poetry..................................................................................................16  Fantacism......................................................................................................................17 Mem'ry No Longer Avails.....................................................................................................17 Tracking Your Influences......................................................................................................19 Pummelos..............................................................................................................................21 Going to Pick My Switch......................................................................................................23 'Neath a Melancholy Moon...................................................................................................24 The Lunatic...........................................................................................................................25 Lost Perseids.........................................................................................................................26 Lagrimas................................................................................................................................27 Regar Con Lagrimas..............................................................................................................28 Ao Meditar............................................................................................................................29 March 19, 2008.....................................................................................................................31 Temperate Emotions..............................................................................................................32 Starlet Blossom.....................................................................................................................33 Where the Dawn Perspires....................................................................................................34 Little Ants............................................................................................................................35 'Neath a Shroud of Gray.......................................................................................................36 Bluebells on a Hill.................................................................................................................37 The First Sweet Grass of the Season.....................................................................................38 Primordial Rites....................................................................................................................40 Sentimental Aquifer..............................................................................................................41 to nowhere.............................................................................................................................43 Worn­out Bags of Care.........................................................................................................44 Catch Me Faithfully.............................................................................................................45 Dippers­Full in Slavery.........................................................................................................46 Freedom.................................................................................................................................47 Blue.......................................................................................................................................48 Tiny Hands............................................................................................................................49 Sand Art With My Son.........................................................................................................51 My Nephew on Mother's Day...............................................................................................53 Memories of You...................................................................................................................54 My Next Planet....................................................................................................................56  Nepotism........................................................................................................................57 Snowy Temples......................................................................................................................57 My Hair................................................................................................................................59 Life's Unbathed Simplicity...................................................................................................60 6
  6. 6. More Heresies from Iyan Igma A Fit Gift..............................................................................................................................61 Mother's Voice......................................................................................................................63 Honor in Ages Past...............................................................................................................64 Too God­Awful Bad..............................................................................................................65 Reprimand Sarcastic Pride....................................................................................................66 Mindless Work......................................................................................................................67 Giroscopio..............................................................................................................................68 A.S.........................................................................................................................................69 De Facto Despot...................................................................................................................71 Sobre la Amistad...................................................................................................................72 Los Estandartes Tuyos..........................................................................................................73 Of Use...................................................................................................................................74 Another Week.......................................................................................................................75 I Defy Buddha......................................................................................................................76 Vingt­six...............................................................................................................................77 Rare Perfection Among Men.................................................................................................78 SWMLFTL..........................................................................................................................79 Egonym.................................................................................................................................80 A Flummoxed Compass.........................................................................................................81 Gran Fracaso.........................................................................................................................82 Lamaphite.............................................................................................................................83 Me Volviste Puercoespinos....................................................................................................84 Small Jaunts..........................................................................................................................85 strangers as strange as me.....................................................................................................86 I watched as you died............................................................................................................87  Realism..........................................................................................................................89 The First to Go......................................................................................................................89 Puesto del Sol del Paraíso.....................................................................................................90 Enmy.....................................................................................................................................91 This World of Mimes............................................................................................................92 Modestia...............................................................................................................................93 Codependent Happiness........................................................................................................94 Drenched, Hungry, Unemployed...........................................................................................95 Like Camping, But Colder.....................................................................................................96 To Mitigate the Rub..............................................................................................................97 You'll Be a Man....................................................................................................................99 Honor Graduate..................................................................................................................100 Life's Jack­in­the­Box.........................................................................................................101 Perseverance........................................................................................................................102 Intelligence's Curse..............................................................................................................103 Another One of Those Mornings.........................................................................................105 7
  7. 7. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Paltry Reflections................................................................................................................106 Altruism Died with Christ..................................................................................................107 In Secrecy............................................................................................................................108  Despotism....................................................................................................................109 Lhasa...................................................................................................................................109 There's a Conservative Outside My Window......................................................................110 Theo­Tyranny......................................................................................................................112 Loony Duped Simpletons....................................................................................................113 Dear John............................................................................................................................114 Progress, They Call It..........................................................................................................115 A.B.S...................................................................................................................................116  Idealism.......................................................................................................................118 Let Wasted Years Be..........................................................................................................118 The State Within.................................................................................................................119 Integrity..............................................................................................................................120 Layers of Self­Mate Importance.........................................................................................121 Soul­Sightsee.......................................................................................................................123 Belief...................................................................................................................................124 That I AM...........................................................................................................................126 Life's Labours Ills...............................................................................................................127 Normalcy's Untrue..............................................................................................................128 Commonality.......................................................................................................................129 Deathbed Confession...........................................................................................................130 Salutary Anarchy................................................................................................................131 Meaningless Sex..................................................................................................................132  /* Love.c......................................................................................................................133  Optimism.....................................................................................................................135 Wintry Days In Hell...........................................................................................................135 Each Crazy Woman............................................................................................................136 The Amputee.......................................................................................................................137 Exus....................................................................................................................................138 While You May...................................................................................................................139 Going Off to Dream............................................................................................................140 Who You Are.......................................................................................................................141 Worth Your Weight in Chocolate.......................................................................................142 My Lover's API..................................................................................................................143 Weight Loss........................................................................................................................144 My Comfy Placenta.............................................................................................................145 On Demolishing Alarms......................................................................................................146 The Bairn's Vast Energy.....................................................................................................147 Hermits................................................................................................................................148 8
  8. 8. More Heresies from Iyan Igma ¡Aguas!................................................................................................................................149 Lunar Cycle Love................................................................................................................150 More Worthless Tin............................................................................................................151 Pollinated Cars....................................................................................................................152 Incest's Stigma....................................................................................................................153 Esquilo Na Vida Pasada.....................................................................................................154 Neelie Kroes........................................................................................................................155 Juvenile Lobotomy..............................................................................................................156 Like the Dickens.................................................................................................................157 If Her Dentures Weren't New............................................................................................158 A Horse...............................................................................................................................159 Aaron Is So Stupid..............................................................................................................160 To Quote Bobby...................................................................................................................161 The Rapist...........................................................................................................................162 Brute Hedonism..................................................................................................................163 Every Soothing Iniquity......................................................................................................164 Your Sweetest Taboo...........................................................................................................165 Flings Before.......................................................................................................................166  Romanticism................................................................................................................167 Garden Variety Guy............................................................................................................167 Burning Beauty Across the Sky..........................................................................................169 The Sweetest Salve..............................................................................................................170 El Zancudo y Tú.................................................................................................................172 Helenic.................................................................................................................................174 Paradise Riven....................................................................................................................175 Scorching Epiphanies..........................................................................................................176 Paedomisia..........................................................................................................................177 Materialism in Perspective..................................................................................................179 Love's Martyr......................................................................................................................180 Since Your Decision Was Resolute.....................................................................................181 Gorgon Tears.......................................................................................................................182 Poetic Justice.......................................................................................................................183 Make Canis Majoris Dim....................................................................................................184 Unfettered and Unbound...................................................................................................185 better to suicide...................................................................................................................186 Not My Nothingness..........................................................................................................187 Muito Obrigado...................................................................................................................189 Grieve Not the Harvests Past.............................................................................................190 Bathsheba............................................................................................................................191 By Your Pleasured Smile.....................................................................................................192 Wenugichasum....................................................................................................................193 9
  9. 9. More Heresies from Iyan Igma naked always.......................................................................................................................194 Feeble With Strong Rapport...............................................................................................195 El Vicio de Amor.................................................................................................................196 Just Ordinary Sers...............................................................................................................197 And For Dulcinea...............................................................................................................198 Blinks..................................................................................................................................199 Our Paths Tend to Diverge.................................................................................................200 To Coax Me from the Bush.................................................................................................201 When No One Can See........................................................................................................202 What Easy Lies..................................................................................................................203 Ficklety...............................................................................................................................204 A Meaningless Butterfly Atop............................................................................................205 Dead Joy.............................................................................................................................206 Self Mutilation...................................................................................................................207 The Lack Thereof.................................................................................................................208 Useless Reciprocation..........................................................................................................209 As Nebuchadnezzar............................................................................................................210 A Cardiologist.....................................................................................................................211 Of the Passion That Once Was Ours...................................................................................212 Having Whet Curiosity.......................................................................................................213 From Pearl to Powder.........................................................................................................214 One Precious Songbird.........................................................................................................215 Pity Other Men...................................................................................................................217 In Intimate Moments..........................................................................................................218 Never Told...........................................................................................................................220  As the Thornbirds........................................................................................................221 Obelisk at Babel..................................................................................................................222 Five and Twenty.................................................................................................................223 This Skeleton Who Wears My Clothes................................................................................225 Eviscerated Lobes...............................................................................................................226 Lo Merezco.........................................................................................................................227 Maldita Juventud...............................................................................................................228 Natural Causes....................................................................................................................229 Lake of Love's Brimstone....................................................................................................230  Dysphemism.................................................................................................................231 On Loves True Essence........................................................................................................231 This Rag..............................................................................................................................232 The Lady of Cofitachequi....................................................................................................234 The Relic of His Love..........................................................................................................236 Sailor Boy............................................................................................................................237 The Ring's Vow...................................................................................................................238 10
  10. 10. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Apple Scented Death...........................................................................................................239 Across the Thatch................................................................................................................241 A Metallic Girl....................................................................................................................242 Vibrant Life........................................................................................................................244 Yonder Hollows of Eden.....................................................................................................246 When I Loved You..............................................................................................................247 The One with Whom I Now Lay........................................................................................248 Their Anniversary................................................................................................................249  Pessimism.....................................................................................................................250 Ao Morrer............................................................................................................................250 Transient Gleam..................................................................................................................251 Omens with a Simple Touch................................................................................................252 On the Bed Where We Loved.............................................................................................253 Lonely Tree..........................................................................................................................255 A Miracle Too Soon Gone...................................................................................................258 I Walk These Lonely Hills..................................................................................................260 Sop of Saving Bread............................................................................................................262 At Yuletide..........................................................................................................................263 Merry Philia........................................................................................................................269 Licit to Live........................................................................................................................271 True Thanksgiving...............................................................................................................272 Lover's Leap........................................................................................................................274 Holocaustic Future.............................................................................................................276 The Last of the Free Roam Tigers.......................................................................................278 The Prodigal Sin..................................................................................................................280 Vigilante Justice..................................................................................................................282 Lack of Perception..............................................................................................................283 Alimentar Os Tuburőes........................................................................................................284 Safely Sepultado..................................................................................................................285 The Coopersmith..................................................................................................................286 To Look Past Your Psychopathy.........................................................................................287 Midnight Reprieve..............................................................................................................288 Guilt....................................................................................................................................289 Distant Fields of Heather...................................................................................................292 Still Space Left for Me........................................................................................................295 Enlisted Suicide...................................................................................................................296 beautiful demise..................................................................................................................297 Hands That Bless and Do No Harm...................................................................................298 Croatoan..............................................................................................................................300 Mongol Steppes...................................................................................................................303 Her Voice.............................................................................................................................311 11
  11. 11. More Heresies from Iyan Igma La Extranjera....................................................................................328  Fresh Obsidian.............................................................................................................329  The Heart is Clairvoyant.............................................................................................330  Subtle Missteps...........................................................................................................331  Intricate Porcelain.......................................................................................................332  Em Sonhos...................................................................................................................333  My Favorite Author....................................................................................................334  Ostra............................................................................................................................335  Sensual Bites...............................................................................................................336  On Chopsticks..............................................................................................................337  Nothing is so Aesthetic................................................................................................338  With New Luster........................................................................................................339  Risonanza....................................................................................................................340  Sunset Frames.............................................................................................................341  Eliciting Electricity.....................................................................................................342  Rechristened.................................................................................................................343  Fields of Spring...........................................................................................................345  Obeisance.....................................................................................................................346  Pela Luna....................................................................................................................348  Supernoval Light.........................................................................................................349  Corozonal Jardin.........................................................................................................350  False Decency..............................................................................................................351  The Winter Beguiled....................................................................................................353  Soy Tu Girasol.............................................................................................................354  Sweet Improbabilities..................................................................................................355  Love's Germination......................................................................................................356  Perennials....................................................................................................................358  Probably Paraphilia.....................................................................................................359  From Silence and In Between.....................................................................................360  Further.........................................................................................................................361  Anjo.............................................................................................................................363  Living Feicui...............................................................................................................365  Pièce de Résistance......................................................................................................366  Mei Beautiful..............................................................................................................367  Learning Endless Wonders.........................................................................................368  i....................................................................................................................................369  The Fireflies.................................................................................................................370 12
  12. 12. More Heresies from Iyan Igma  Cada Noche..................................................................................................................371  Alien to Me..................................................................................................................372  Pleasing Cascades........................................................................................................373  Movement is Relative..................................................................................................374  Femme Fatal Attraction.............................................................................................375  One Sublime Creation..................................................................................................376  The Birthday of an Angel............................................................................................377  Uma Coisa Mais..........................................................................................................379  Slumbering St. Elmo's Fire..........................................................................................380  See Your Sunlight Shine..............................................................................................381  Crafted Perfectly.........................................................................................................382  Igneous Love...............................................................................................................383  Asexual Embrace.........................................................................................................384  Doce Darme Por Vencido............................................................................................385  Your Kiln.....................................................................................................................386  V.S.O...........................................................................................................................387  Faded Epitaphs...........................................................................................................388  Highest Expression of Love........................................................................................389  Jinghism.......................................................................................................................390  Lo Que Sea...................................................................................................................392  Like Each Day Was a Gift.........................................................................................393  Lo Haré........................................................................................................................394  Sunshine in a Season of Discontent............................................................................396  The Missing Link........................................................................................................397  Unconventional, But Not Bizarre..............................................................................398  This Way.....................................................................................................................399  Without a Purpose......................................................................................................401  Mais Do Meu Ser........................................................................................................402  I Beseech Thee.............................................................................................................403  No Hope to Shine........................................................................................................404  Per Buddhist Maxims..................................................................................................405  Tradition's stronger than logic.....................................................................................407  Ne'er Separated............................................................................................................408  Heart in Return...........................................................................................................409  The Ambrosia of Blissful Moments.............................................................................410  Consecrated in Devotion.............................................................................................412  Like Atlas....................................................................................................................414  Through Matted Tresses..............................................................................................416 13
  13. 13. More Heresies from Iyan Igma  Secretly Awaited.........................................................................................................417  Visage of Serenity........................................................................................................418  Meditation in an Embrace..........................................................................................419  Ever So Slightly...........................................................................................................420  Over and Anew............................................................................................................421 My Sun..............................................................................................422  A Happy Home............................................................................................................423  Lost..............................................................................................................................424  My Tears Melt.............................................................................................................425  I Blame Myself............................................................................................................426  Chin Up.......................................................................................................................427  School...........................................................................................................................428  I Stayed with Momma................................................................................................429  How Could I Not Love You?......................................................................................430  Which One...................................................................................................................431  He's Just Not Dad.......................................................................................................432  All Confused................................................................................................................433  Someone Else...............................................................................................................434  Forgiven.......................................................................................................................435  A New Family.............................................................................................................436  Stay..............................................................................................................................437  A Walk........................................................................................................................438  My Sun........................................................................................................................439  All Right......................................................................................................................440 Short Stories, Fables, and Their Ilk...................................................441  The Lamb and the Ewe...............................................................................................442  Field Mouse.................................................................................................................443  Cottontail....................................................................................................................444  The Naked Mole Rat and the Bat...............................................................................445  The Kangaroo and the Horse.......................................................................................446  Spider and Wasp.........................................................................................................448  Meerkat and Magpie...................................................................................................450  The Pouch....................................................................................................................452  Platypus.......................................................................................................................454  The Pachyderm Who Forgave.....................................................................................457  The Flamingo...............................................................................................................459  Am I Dreaming?..........................................................................................................460 14
  14. 14. More Heresies from Iyan Igma  Rustic Sense.................................................................................................................462  The First Murder.........................................................................................................469  Absolution...................................................................................................................477 Author's Notes...................................................................................486  Translations.................................................................................................................506 Lo Merezco (I Deserve It)...................................................................................................506 Who You Are (Quien Eres)..................................................................................................507  About the Author........................................................................................................508 15
  15. 15. Poetry
  16. 16. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Fantacism Mem'ry No Longer Avails I travel alone winding trails That I'm certain I've trod before, But mem'ry no longer avails1. The past's paths are myths, legends, lore, 5 And stories I would fain2 believe Were I not wary3 of the snare; For confusion and fact do cleave4 Like fresh lovers watched unaware. Now, I know not what I should trust, 10 Since man's mortal, and love is frail5. But is it wrong to love a lie When real history'd be a hell? I can see how I would have crossed Through the leaves and over the ridge 15 To see the imagined sights lost By entering the covered bridge6. I see myself wrapped up in bliss, Her hair and dress flowing, twirling, And 'neath the ridge we wait and kiss, 20 Hidden to the world that's whirling. We separate. I'll come again To see her, my heart's decided. Why lose her to another man? In deception, I'll be prided. 1 avails: works; functions 2 fain: gladly 3 wary: cautious 4 cleave: stick to one another; intertwine themselves 5 frail: weak; fragile; easily broken 6 crossed. . . bridge: He could wander from the path to see what's over the ridge, or stay on it and cross a covered bridge 17
  17. 17. More Heresies from Iyan Igma 25 Look how I am covering up The evidence of my coming. Surely that7 must be why I feel So compelled8 to break out running, Certain as a groundhog's senses 30 That spring is shortly due to be. I run to her, but find fences. Sorrow streams alluvially9. Once more to the path I return, Quite uncertain what is real. 35 Why can fantasy make me burn, Confounding the ways that I feel? Why can't life be hon'rable as Fleeting dreams prematurely dead? It fails, despite the time it has10, 40 So I'll prefer to dream instead. I can make up my destinies, No matter what I've been slated; When reality mutinies11, I can muse, like it's been fated. 45 For only safe within my dreams Can I ever be satisfied, For what is man? Truly, it seems, Misery till the day he's died.  7 that: the memory of crossing the ridge, meeting the girl, and covering his tracks 8 compelled: urged 9 alluvially: referring to the alluvial plane or fan; a watershed 10 It fails. . . has: we spend so much time in a disappointing reality 11 Mutinies: rebels 18
  18. 18. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Tracking Your Influences I can see where your paw prints lay As lazy as sleeping cattle; You left them in the sand one day After the rain's recent battle. 5 By such deluges12 freshly strewn, The sand was begging to be trod; Its past impressions picayune13 And temp'rary will have no laud14. You're all I see in silica15, 10 Joining a collection of tracks In this woodland basilica16 That droppings as well scarcely lacks. Amid desperate survival, I can just make out the faint signs, 15 Left long ere17 the land grew nival18, Of passers through my copse 19of pines. By some means they have persevered The erosive forces of time, Perchance 'cause their impact endeared 20 Them, or their acts were much maligned20. Regardless, they're but faint mem'ries, Unlike the lunar footprints found That will last through eternities, 12 deluges: floods 13 picayune: tiny; insignificant 14 laud: glory; praise 15 silica: the principal ingredient in sand 16 basilica: a grand place of worship 17 ere: before 18 nival: snowy 19 copse: group of trees; forest 20 maligned: wicked; abusive 19
  19. 19. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Long after I cease to be 'round. 20
  20. 20. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Pummelos  Pummelos21, with their citric smell,  Make me live in memories past  When I was still a little child  With no hopes innocence would last, 5 Nor a hope Christmas would bring  The coveted22 toys of all the rest.  A pummelo was my present then,  And I considered myself blest.  My family gathered around me and  10 The well­adorned, emblazoned23 tree, Whose twinkling lights are like the souls  Of those passing in and out of humanity.  I was hardened by poverty, death,  Friendlessness, and low self­esteem,  15 So any gifts beyond the pummelo  Would be a suspicious dream.  The surreal24 chanced as, awkwardly, I accepted some stranger's gift  Out of the box on the doorstep  20 Left in hopes our spirits to lift.  The whatnots animated25 us,  According to our childish nature,  But proved a bit unsettling to  My pride strong and mature.  25 How dare they think us poor?  They needn't think; it was the truth.  How is it I ruined their efforts  21 Pummelos: citrus fruits from Southeast Asia that are slightly bigger than grapefruit 22 Coveted: lusted after; much desired 23 Emblazoned: garishly decorated 24 Surreal: impossible and dream­like; (referring here to receiving more gifts) 25 Animated: excited 21
  21. 21. More Heresies from Iyan Igma With feelings wild and uncouth26?   How is it the cherished present  30 Was one I'd resigned27 myself to,  While such trinkets as I'd wanted  Became meaningless anew28?  I sat and slowly ate my pummelo, And its tartness has stayed with me  35 And caused me to resent29 gifts given  For sympathy of my poverty.  The years have died like many men, But, unlike men, will not come back, But remind me when I had naught 30 40 There was nothing that I did lack. 26 Uncouth: ungrateful; immoral; contrary to what's proper 27 Resigned: sorrowfully accepted 28 Anew: again 29 Resent: despise; hate 30 Naught: nothing 22
  22. 22. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Going to Pick My Switch  I went to the sassafras tree31;  With every step my feet were lead,  Knowing, should I not return soon,  There would be even more to dread.  5 With tears streaming down my face  Like a mountain thawing in Spring,  My moistened eyes tried to decide  Which vessel of pain I'd bring  Back for a well­deserved switching,  10 Though this32 seemed punishment plenty.  Why make a child pick their own doom?  I thought as a cognoscenti33 Of switches, which one shall I pick ? A skinny, limber limb that stings?  15 But if it breaks, I shall return  To pick and face more swats and swings.  I don't want to get one too wide,  But which is a suitable size?  The one I picked seemed far too big; 20 I tried not to think of the cries  That I would yelp, unless I could  Find the strength to bite back the pain.  But if I masked how much it hurt,  I might have to pick one again,  25 Since it was not enough to teach  Me the ills of sin the hard way.  Maybe they thought picking switches  Was the worst torture anyway. 31 Sassafras tree: a North American tree whose roots were once used to make root beer 32 This: the mere picking of the switch 33 Cognoscenti: expert; connoisseur 23
  23. 23. More Heresies from Iyan Igma 'Neath a Melancholy Moon  I never want to see the moon  As depressed as I am tonight,  For it would but add to my gloom  To be bathed in a blue moon's light.  5 'Tis better that it hides its face,  Since I could never bear to see  The only friend who can solace34  Feeling lost and melancholy35.  For it would remind me of the tears  10 That lunar rays have only known  And the confessions of my fears  I've given to the moon alone.  Its light to others may be pale,  But it enlightens me. It's warm.  15 It's the only friend, as well,  Who's never done me any harm.  34 Solace: to comfort 35 Melancholy: sad 24
  24. 24. More Heresies from Iyan Igma The Lunatic  The moon is calling out to me  To venture out into the night,  Leaving the comforts of my home  To dance beneath its surreal36 light.  5 The same force that crazes the tide  Pulls me out of my chair to see  The reason the night is glowing  And my emotions haunt eerily37.  I can see why brujas38 dance naked  10 To tan themselves in arcane39 rays  And soak in the tumultuous power,  Since the moon's melody plays  Immutably40 within my breast,  And I'm about to lose control.  15 My emotions are billowing,  And anxiety pounds my soul.  Surely there'd be no one to see,  Save spirits no longer entombed  By flesh as wild and brash as mine  20 That by the moon's strong tug is doomed.  Why can't I mind the things I say,  Why is my mood so sombre41 now?  The moon tells me I'll stay this way  Until I dance my feelings out. 36 Surreal: otherworldly; unnatural 37 Eerily: spookily; bizarrely 38 Brujas: witches 39 Arcane: pertaining to dark magic; witchy 40 Immutably: constantly; also a pun on mute—meaning it can't be silenced 41 Sombre: dark; melancholy 25
  25. 25. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Lost Perseids  Perseids42, you've missed me again,  One more August you've sought my face.  Disappointment distraught you, so  You painted anguish across space.   5 As for me, I arose despaired  That I'd slept through our rendezvous43.  But what are meteors compared  To tangible44 yet hitherto  Elusive dreams my heart sought out,  10 Rendering past years meaningless  Since I've nothing to show for them  Besides fret fraught45 with loneliness?  Still, the Perseids eluding me  Are like the passing streaks of hope  15 That with momentary brilliance  Hie46 into oblivion's scope. 42 Perseids: one of the most common meteor showers known to earth 43 Rendezvous: meeting 44 Tangible: touchable 45 Fraught: loaded with; full of 46 Hie: go 26
  26. 26. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Lagrimas Sometimes I close the curtains drawn47 To shade my irritated eyes From twilight, noonday sun, and dawn, And the joy that the light belies48. 5 With my curtains and shutters closed, I wash the windows of my soul; I'd washed them not, were I exposed, Lest hypocrites come to console49. Indeed, no one should see just how 10 Vulnerable I am washing Them in the darkness and shadow With my salty buckets sloshing. Thus I defy optimism— The light that would have me believe 15 That to not preach idealism Would be quite absurd and naïve, That should I block out its bright light E'en temporarily, 'twould be Useless. It misconstrues50 my plight51 20 Since its very brilliance shows me The specks and smudges and smears that Caused me to wash in the first place. It's time to draw the curtains back, Since manhood can now show its face.  47 Drawn: previously opened 48 Belies: deceptively announces 49 Console: comfort 50 Misconstrues: misrepresents 51 Plight: unpleasant situation; dilemma 27
  27. 27. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Regar Con Lagrimas I've found a purpose for my tears, Since they have found that I have none. They can bring drooping flowers cheers, As leaves transpire52 beneath the sun. 5 I could water the soft blossoms Since there's moisture enough to spare Where my soul drowns in my bosom Without air or the faintest prayer. The tears are flowing warm and free, 10 And my only fear is I'll kill Them53 because they're54 so salty And a deluge55 on them56 would spill. 52 Transpire: leaves lose water (sweat) through small openings (stoma) on the bottom of the leaves 53 Them: the flowers 54 They're: the tears 55 Deluge: flood 56 Them: the blossoms 28
  28. 28. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Ao Meditar I lie still and levitating57 In a spring field serene58 and mild. The gentle breeze is quite sedating; My head rests on a tuft of cloud. 5 Tall grasses, wheat, and rye stretch up; They've tickled my fancy for hours. A spattering of buttercups, Purple pieces of wildflowers, Bedraggled dandelion whelps59, 10 And blossomed blackberry brambles Provide the reverence60 that helps My mind focus as it ambles.61 No part of my body touches Another—no pressure or pain. 15 The warm sun's eager paintbrushes Envision my face. A refrain Of boisterous birds is muted Like butterfly wings flying by And the white tails62, who are suited 20 To let meditating men lie63. There is no sound that I can hear, Nor the witnessing goldenrods64 That line the trees on all sides clear To the horizon and the gods. 57 levitating: floating 58 serene: peaceful 59 whelps: children 60 reverence: respectful awe marked by silence 61 ambles: wanders about 62 white tails: white tail deer 63 To let. . . lie: a play on the adage, “let sleeping dogs lie.” 64 Nor. . . goldenrods: the onlooking goldenrods don't hear anything, either. 29
  29. 29. More Heresies from Iyan Igma 25 I've pushed allergens65 far from thought So that they cannot afflict me. I'm cool and tranquil, though I've fought, As the stream tarrying to see What's not seen in a century, 30 A wonder worthy of old Greece, Such a peculiar oddity— Me, finally resting in peace.  65 allergens: representing the ills of life 30
  30. 30. More Heresies from Iyan Igma March 19, 2008 Azaleas in purples and pinks And strange reds, grass and clover shag, Lil' white and purple forbs66, me thinks, Are enjoying their time to brag. 5 Dead chlorophyll leaves are bleeding In the green yard haphazardly; The fat squirrels themselves are treating, Since still now occasionally Stray pecans continue falling 10 When the wind roars; they eat haply In between limbs that had nothing Better to do than fall gaily67,  'Sif they were in love with any  Passing wind. To me 'tis beauty,  15 And the dogwood blossoms agree.  It's68 undisturbed, as it should be.  66 forbs: wildflowers 67 Gaily: happily; carefree 68 It's: nature is 31
  31. 31. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Temperate Emotions There's blithe69 relief now in the air, For the sorrow of the drought's gone. It's been so long since the snare Drum of rain and the woodwinds blown 5 And the melodic tuba of Thunder have been heard in these parts. Aye70, spring's enjoyed not just for love, Which gladdens and deceives the hearts Of many a spry lad and lass 10 And creatures stung by love's potions, But moreso for the storms that pass— The weather guides our emotions. 69 blithe: happy 70 Aye: yes 32
  32. 32. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Starlet Blossom Why weep ye? This flower was made So that it could be picked and die; The starlet71 blossom's not afraid. The same shall pass to you and I. 5 Death meets even its brethren buds By bugs, pests, or inclement climes72, Like those who've cast their petal duds Early, in season, or betimes73— Just like those that lay on the ground, 10 A pile of mush and rotten things, And those withered74 where stems abound. Don't you know we're all just playthings?   71 starlet: a rising star, used as a description of up and coming actresses 72 inclement climes: bad weather 73 betimes: soon 74 withered: dried up; shriveled up 33
  33. 33. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Where the Dawn Perspires Each night the spiders craft their webs Slinging silk through the starlit skies. Gossamer75 glistens when night ebbs76, And the world wakes to pursue lies. 5 The arachnids' fishing nets span From tree limb to bush leaf through air. As blindly as only men can, I walk wrecking what's wrought77 with care. You'd think I'd learn every morning 10 To watch for their sticky trip wires That glimmer when light's adorning Rays shine on where the dawn perspires. You'd think they'd learn to build elsewhere, Since I'll pass through the path each day. 15 If they built higher than my hair, We would peaceably share the way78. They'll build in vain till they die; Surely their spoils must justify What's gone in the blink of an eye. 20 We're alike, this spider and I. Its web's a monument to me, A frail thing which soon passes on, Hoping to serve out its purpose Before an instant finds it gone. 75 Gossamer: silken strands 76 When the night ebbs: fades away into day 77 Wrought: crafted; created 78 Way: path 34
  34. 34. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Little Ants  Little ants, why hustle so?  What urgency do you feel?  Do panic and stress rule you,  Or do you find life's ideal?  5 What irrationality  Do you share with humankind?  Or are you free and focused,  Keeping simple truths in mind?  Is instinct idealistic  10 And pure practicality  Uncomplicated by the  Mistruths of humanity? 35
  35. 35. More Heresies from Iyan Igma 'Neath a Shroud of Gray  With stealth the orange sight is flitting  Like a drunken angel weary  In short bursts higher on the wind  Gusting 'neath heav'ns painted eerie,  5 Was its sign their79 grim demeanor80,  For they brood overcast and grave81?  Or is it simply wary82 of  The chilly way the skies behave?  Would83 I could accompany you  10 To where you flee with good reason!  Winter's dirges84 sound while flees the  Last butterfly of the season. 79 Their: the clouds' 80 Demeanor: behavior 81 Grave: serious 82 Wary: cautious 83 Would: I wish that 84 Dirges: sad songs 36
  36. 36. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Bluebells on a Hill  A bunch of bluebells on a hill  Overlooks me where I walk  Listening to the birds and wind  As they chirp, tweet, squawk, and talk.  5 I fear that they85 once were daisies,  But I have made them depressed.  They'd curdle, were they buttercups;  Roses would bleed like my chest.  But no matter what breed they were,  10 They've taken part of my pain86.  I once thought flowers were petty87,  But 'tis I, not them, who's vain88.  85 They: the bluebells 86 Taken...pain: cheered me up 87 Petty: unimportant; trifling really 88 Vain: useless 37
  37. 37. More Heresies from Iyan Igma The First Sweet Grass of the Season  It calls to me with tempting words,  Begging my teeth to masticate89  And feel the fibers fill my mouth  As its juice makes me salivate.  5 And all it does to bid me this  Is sunburn in a field of spring Invoking a spell of mem'ry  Long dusty of once winnowing  The chaff90 from this abundant weed  10 That I was forbidden to chew.  I hesitate somehow restrained,  Knowing what one my age should do.  Perhaps it's just to prove a point,  But I cross to the field's red patch,  15 Pluck a stalk, clean it, and try not  To think of germs or what might hatch.  I want this moment raw and wild,  Like the millions had as a boy.  The first sweet grass of the season  20 Nonetheless fails to give me joy.  I doubt it's because its taste's changed,  Though it's nothing like in childhood.  For worry hinders91 enjoying  The simple pleasures a child would.  25 Though it's a tart92 and pulpy mess,  I chew more as a reminder  Of the times when I truly lived.  89 Masticate: although it sounds like a bad word, it means “chew” 90 Winnowing the chaff: removing the grains from the stalk 91 Hinders: interferes with; blocks 92 Tart: sour; bitter 38
  38. 38. More Heresies from Iyan Igma The taste's sour; nostalgia's93 kinder. 93 Nostalgia: the bittersweet memories of happier times we cannot reclaim 39
  39. 39. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Primordial Rites  The torrents94 have left their mark here,  As mud puddles and ditches show.  The oils slip by past battered grass;  Debris's amazed how fast it flows.  5 I walk along admiring floods  Like others seek out Christmas lights,  Enthralled95 to see creeks overflow  In nature's primordial rites96.  When not splashing, I walk on curbs  10 As if I could relive childhood  By trying not to fall off now,  Walking whithersoe'er I would.  This past spring the pollen's gold dust  Dyed the rushing flood waters green,  15 Restoring natural colours  Back to afflicted living things.  But now 'tis fall and the brown grass  Is littered with wet clumps of snow  Where cotton's escaped from the trucks,  20 Littering the roadsides below. 94 Torrents: heavy rains 95 Enthralled: fascinated 96 Natures. . . rites: one of the earliest rites, or ceremonies, of nature was to wash itself clean 40
  40. 40. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Sentimental Aquifer  I'm pouring out my heart and soul  Like pungent97, curdled buttermilk,  Watching clabber98 splatter splutter,  Trying oblivion to bilk99,  5 Watching the final drops spill out  Like worms' newly created silk100,  As I attain catharsis 101 And its sentimental ilk102.  As transient103 wonders disappear  10 Like stealthy, paranoid does104 Through an overgrown forest,  I wonder where it all goes?  Is there some kind of aquifer105 That our emotions feed into?  15 Do they merely evaporate?  Are they teleported106 to you  By the wormhole107 of feeling  That can connect any two  Beings with basis for empathy, 20 Since their lives are déjà vu108?  97 Pungent: foul­smelling (not to be confused with fowl­smelling) 98 Clabber: the chunks in sour milk 99 Bilk: frustrate; beat 100 Worm. . . silk:  silk is created from the cocoons of the Bombyx mori moth. 101 Catharsis: an emotional release 102 Ilk: kith and kin; relatives 103 Transient: passing; fleeting; momentary 104 Does: female deer 105 Aquifer: subterranean river 106 Teleported: transported instantaneously through the space­time continuum 107 Wormhole: a shortcut through two places in the space­time continuum; a really narrow cave 108 déjà vu: the feeling of having already experienced something that you're doing for the first time 41
  41. 41. More Heresies from Iyan Igma What's the point of creating majesty  That's perished before it's spoken?  What's the point in having a soul  When in life it's only broken? 42
  42. 42. More Heresies from Iyan Igma to nowhere the steps lead off to nowhere like a precipice to paradise hidden because we cannot see with our pathetic mortal eyes 5 that stepping off to nothingness we're buoyed by paths set long before to take us to our potential if life's illusions we ignore  43
  43. 43. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Worn­out Bags of Care I'm leaving my bags right here and now; I'll fly away with them behind. And where I go I'll be nude Without the emotional clothes of the mind. 5 The toiletries I was using Were chemicals toxic to my well­being, And the glasses doffed109 and packed away Had prescriptions for not seeing. As I take off lighter than air 10 Without worn­out bags of care, The world's been renewed in beauty, And I am ready for love's affairs. My soul's been healed, and I'll fret110 not, For doing so stymies111 my growth. 15 I'll cherish new love and lasting peace. How could I live without them both? 109 Doffed: taken off 110 Fret: worry 111 Stymies: hinders; stops; impedes 44
  44. 44. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Catch Me Faithfully I am learning now how to fall, No longer paralyzed by fear, Which has sustained me. After all, I had thought the ground was so drear112. 5 So I kept flapping wearily For so long, not realizing That to fall was just to be free, Since I'd ne'er make the horizon. Why set out on a senseless dream, 10 Chasing what you can never catch? The horizon moves, water gleams, And happiness will never hatch Should I never incubate113 it. To fly forever's suicide. 15 Labors should not be infinite114, Despite our lofty goals and pride. And so I fall with eyes wide closed,   Free at last of cumbersome115 stress;   I heal at rest, and nothing goads116—  20 Relaxing's my greatest success.    The stress had kept me in the air,  Since it had never dawned on me  That the whole time something was there  Waiting to catch me faithfully. 112 Drear: loathsome and depressing and horrible 113 Incubate: keep warm, as a bird does sitting on its eggs 114 Infinite: without an end 115 Cumbersome: bothersome 116 Goads: nags; annoys 45
  45. 45. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Dippers­Full in Slavery My wrists and ankles are still sore From the shackles117 that ate my flesh, But I'm not tortured anymore, I'm not caged in wire and mesh. 5 I've run so far to chase this dream, And should I die wearily here, Emancipated118 like this stream, The last moments would be so dear, Healing all tragedies since birth, 10 All bludgeonings119 and knavery120. A drop of water free's worth All the dippers full in slav'ry. 117 Shackles: metal bands used to restrain hands and/or feet 118 Emancipated: freed from slavery 119 Bludgeonings: severe beatings 120 Knavery: the villainous acts that have been done to this person 46
  46. 46. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Freedom  A slight breeze on a warm spring day  Seeing several paths and going any way  Happiness and smiles across your face  To go and do most any place  47
  47. 47. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Blue  “Mommy dearest, tell me true,  Why are the sky and ocean blue? ” “They reflect blue light, For they're glad at the sight  5 Of smiling little you121.” 121 Reflect...you: It seemed obvious to me when I read it, but others didn't quite understand what I meant. The skies cannot   be sad when they see you, so they can't absorb blue light, which is why they are blue. 48
  48. 48. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Tiny Hands The oaks and pines are all around. There's humus carpeting the ground. An autumn breeze blows on the dusk Where serenity has been found. 5 The last calls of departing birds Bid adieu to the cricket strings. A tiny one is flying now Without using feathery wings. She burbles122, tiny hand in mine, 10 Warm and full of innocent life. Her other hand is held fast in The petite grasp of my sweet wife. She is a marvel like a seed, So small, yet what will her impact be? 15 She's the glue our marriage did need. She loves unconditionally. She looks up like stargazers do Awed to see heaven watching them. She tells me, "Daddy, I love you," 20 And my spirit can't help but grin. She's caught up in a whirlwind hug, And she giggles while I squeeze. My eyes bid her while she's held snug, "Stay this precious forever, please." 25 Her pure soul senses what I seek; Her eternity understands. She reassures me as my cheek Is caressed by angelic hands. Such tiny hands, and yet they bless, 30 Wielding a power more profound Than weapons forged in man's darkness, 122 Burbles: makes laughing, joyous noises 49
  49. 49. More Heresies from Iyan Igma For in them all my hope is found. 50
  50. 50. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Sand Art With My Son The sand dunes in the sunset hues Are discolored and interspersed123 By wild oat grasses and bushes Who've come to quench a salty thirst 5 And sun tan in the ocean breeze, Called by the same force as I To gaze off a green forever Where the Sargasso124 meets the sky. And in the sliver of horizon, 10 Which proves to man the earth is round, Is seen the truth man won't accept: It's only now that life is found. So what am I doing right now To make use of my only one125? 15 I'm standing on these sand dunes Creating unique sand art with my son.126 The flows are marking silica127 Where I teach him to write his name. He's too young to know better, 20 And I am dispossessed of shame. The sea gulls stare at our shadows Stretching out like tentacles behind. The crabs welcome the distraction128, And Mother Nature does not mind. 25 And when he's old and full of years 123 Interspersed: scattered with 124 Sargasso:  the Sargasso Sea is a relatively calm body of water in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf   Current, et al, encircle it. It is known as a place of St. Elmo's fire and merpeople. 125 Only one: only moment, since this is the only second that counts 126 Son: for full disclosure, I do not have a son, as of this writing 127 Silica: the principal component of sand 128 Distraction: causing the seagulls to leave temporarily so that the crabs might find refuge, a hiding place. 51
  51. 51. More Heresies from Iyan Igma And his beard's gray, and I am gone, He'll think of making sand art here And will fill young and not alone. 52
  52. 52. More Heresies from Iyan Igma My Nephew on Mother's Day  I have never had a nephew129,  Though I seemed an uncle to you.  But kids are unconditional130,  And there's no hint of guile131 in you.  5 Why else would I be at dinner,  Unless I were your family?  Since I am quite a bit older,  I'm not your cousin, no sirree.  You played with me as if you had  10 Known me for both of your two years;  Maybe you recognized me from  Ere132 this life of diapers and tears.  But maybe what you recognized  Most was my ancient longing to  15 Have children, and knew I would feel  Better if I would play with you. 129 Never. . . nephew: at the time of its writing in May 2008. However in July my first nephew was born. 130 Kids.  . . unconditional:  children  have an unconditional  love,  able to love  and accept  anyone,  no matter  what the   person's past. They have no expectations (at first) except to receive love in turn. 131 Guile: deception 132 Ere: before 53
  53. 53. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Memories of You  Hello again, another year's gone,  But my love for you has remained true.  Though time, winds, and rain can etch out stone,  They can't fade my memories of you.  5 The adventures we shared when we were young,  The follies133 of our innocent days,  All of the meaningless words we once sung,  Maturing together our own ways,    The problems that loomed above like clouds  10 Which we faced calling them funny shapes,  Our friendship's warmth found amidst cold crowds,  The relief of our narrow escapes134,  Departure's cruel sting burning our eyes  With all the salt from the ocean's deep  15 As we were dispersed like a dream flies  Quickly from the mind wakened from sleep,  And all of the sacred times we've known  Have given my life deeper meaning.  As years vanish more friends come along,  20 But on your shoulders I'm still leaning.  Though there may one day be a sad price  Paid in tears should one day our paths part,  You've taught me it's worth the sacrifice,  For friendship never dies in the heart.  25 I may be far away from home now,  But you have remained a part of me.  My unfailing good luck charm, my Tao135,  Is the worth of your friendship to me.  133 Follies: mistakes 134 Narrow escapes: the times we just barely managed to get out of a lot of trouble 135 Tao: ultimate meaning of the universe and existence 54
  54. 54. More Heresies from Iyan Igma In the thoughts that strengthen me each day,  30 Gladdening my heart when I despair,  Your friendship will remain young always  Since to time and space love's unaware.    How I hope we can have the chance to  Share more memories in coming weeks.  35 But if this wish is not to come true,  Then know what my heart sincerely seeks:  May you be blessed the entire year through,  Prospered, protected, and full of cheer.  Know that I dearly love and miss you.  40 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 55
  55. 55. More Heresies from Iyan Igma My Next Planet  I've learned from my tragic mistakes,  As any good Deity136 should,  I'll sleep well, not testing patience;  I'm surprised how much it137 withstood.  5 As I create my next planet,  Beauty will flourish all around, And nature will be undisturbed,  The animals all sane and sound.  No pollution will mar the sky, 10 So the stars can shine clearly through;  No poisons or radiation  Shall harm the beasts and soil anew.   No species will become extinct,  Nor shall landfills occlude138 the view.  15 Trash won't make enormous islands; All will worship me with hearts true.  I created one world for man  Who was too ungrateful to care.  So, this one won't be corrupted,  20 Since man won't be found anywhere. 136 Deity: God 137 It: His Patience 138 Occlude: block; mar 56
  56. 56. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Nepotism Snowy Temples My hair is changing colors now In the early onset of fall. See a few leaves on yonder bough139 Don't have any pigment140 at all. 5 They're scattered here or there, so small That a naked eye never perceives Without a close study withal That autumn's kiss has graced the leaves. But just you wait, in no time flat 10 The discoloration will grow. It will bring such certainty that Everyone will be bound to know. But a few strands don't bother me With their teasing of winter's snow; 15 I could use a few more, truly, To garner141 more respect, you know. Everyone disdains142 my age, Though I seldom disdain their brain; They think I am a carte blanche143 page 20 Unmarked by fear, hurt, love, and pain. Indeed, I could use a few more To no longer be thought a boy; Snowy temples144 and salt galore 139 Bough: limb 140 Pigment: color 141 garner: gain; earn 142 disdains: looks down on 143 carte blanche: completely clean and empty 144 snowy temples: white hair around my temples 57
  57. 57. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Would be my wisdom's grand decoy. 58
  58. 58. More Heresies from Iyan Igma My Hair  Brown grass windswept to the side  Wherein the saving heat can hide  Scarcely hiding the sun­baked earth.  I've been cutting it since my birth. 59
  59. 59. More Heresies from Iyan Igma Life's Unbathed Simplicity I grew up in other eras That had ended centuries past, In the days of jealous Heras And castles that were stoned, not glassed145. 5 All the honor I've ever had Came from King Arthur and his knights. Without my books, the world was bad— It's advertised by neon lights. Contemporary music aged 10 For a decade before I heard it146; And most of the new books I read Weren't so eloquently147 worded. I grew up chasing Robin Hood That I could be a Merry Man148. 15 I knew why Ivanhoe149 would brood. Oh, how I loved Maid Marian150! And life's unbathed simplicity151 Known and loved from such older times Has made me useless completely, 20 In this world full of many crimes. 145 castles. . . glassed: castles often did not have window panes 146 Contemporary. . . it: I started exploring bands like Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins nearly ten years after the rest   of my generation. 147 eloquently: using very pretty language 148 Merry Man: Robin Hood's band were the Merry Men. 149 Ivanhoe: a knight of Anglo­Saxon heritage who was disowned by his father 150 Maid Marian: Robin Hood's gal 151 Life's unbathed simplicity: in those ages, they didn't see much need for bathing and such luxuries as we now embrace 60

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