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Meditation on a Grapefruit

Craig Arnold wrote this poem that reminds us being awake is not just an early morning event. When we engage in ordinary, daily tasks we have opportunties to see them as extraordinary and sacred. Thich Nhat Hanh counsels this gives life fuller meaning. It is encountering the little things in each waking moment that bring deeper, richer living.

To wake when all is possible

before the agitations of the day

have gripped you

To come to the kitchen

and peel a little basketball

for breakfast

To tear the husk

like cotton padding        a cloud of oil

misting out of its pinprick pores

clean and sharp as pepper

To ease

each pale pink section out of its case

so carefully       without breaking

a single pearly cell

To slide each piece

into a cold blue china bowl

the juice pooling       until the whole

fruit is divided from its skin

and only then to eat

so sweet

a discipline

precisely pointless       a devout

involvement of the hands and senses

a pause     a little emptiness

 each year harder to live within

each year harder to live without

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

6 responses »

  1. I think he also loves grapefruits as much as me… :)

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  2. Wonderful.
    .
    First thing in the morning, usually in the shower, our mind settles where it is comfortable.

    From this vantage point our day is filled with opportunity, or it is filled with dred.

    Do we have a feeling of excitement about the coming day or do we have avoidance, regret, fear and worry.
    .
    It is ok all is plastic and malleable,

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    • I love the last line. I know people who are in non-verbal dementia, but when they see something, hear something, etc. they respond. The mind is a remarkable and mysterious living organ.

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  3. What a wonderful poem inspired by the ordinary. We tend to miss those sources of inspiration quite often.

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