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Back from the Fields

When we are children, we are free to just be. Somehow, we lose this being as we mature. We are serious, but it is fun, fantastic, and ordinary things that make a good day.

Peter Everwine reminds me when returning from the fields it is important to remember visible and invisible reminders of what makes a good day. Sometimes, it is barbs, snaggle-teeth, and grinning ones that are easily overlooked. I don’t notice what attached as I ran in the fields. I recall them later as literal and figurative reminders of my adventures.

Until nightfall my son ran in the fields,

looking for God knows what.

Flowers, perhaps. Odd birds on the wing.

Something to fill an empty spot.

Maybe a luminous angel

or a country girl with a secret dark.

He came back empty-handed,

or so I thought.

Now I find them:

thistles, goatheads,

the barbed weeds

all those with hooks or horns

the snaggle-toothed, the grinning ones

those wearing lantern jaws,

old ones in beards, leapers

in silk leggings, the multiple

pocked moons and spiny satellites, all those

with juices and saps

like the fingers of thieves

nation after nation of grasses

that dig in, that burrow, that hug winds

and grab handholds

in whatever lean place.

It’s been a good day.

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.

44 responses »

  1. I sometimes make it a point to set the kid in me out free. The best way for me are the swings at the park! :)

    • The best time to do that is when we are with our children and, in my case, as a teacher. They are so easily embarrassed. Yet, as they grow up they realize they have to let go sometimes.


  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  4. Beautiful! We are still free to be, but we tend to qualify a good day according to more complex expectations, rather than just enjoy it.

  5. beautiful prose!
    i’d like to think my freedom-loving child still resides, hidden inside

  6. Sounds like a great day for sure. >KB

  7. Reblogged this on The Mirror Obscura and commented:
    Here’s how a great day should go. >KB

  8. four years old
    juicy memories
    the fence near the pasture
    looking for small wild fruit
    tiny strawberries

  9. Loved the feel of this poem and your comments went along perfectly. I still run in the fields as much as I can, but usually it’s the beach.

    • I don’t run quite the same anymore, but I walk and, for me, it is the mountains.

      • Oh, well, my run has always been enough to cause fits of laughter, but still I run. I do more walking these days, especially on the beach. I take a lot of long walks at the base of mountains and hope to walk up a few this summer with my boyfriend.

  10. Reblogged this on From the Sky Above the Mountains and commented:
    A simple reminder!

  11. love this – being out in the fields – I remember that too – can’t remember what we were doing, but it was fun just being out there…

  12. Catherine Johnson

    Reblogged this on Catherine Johnson and commented:
    Here’s another one I couldn’t resist posting. I love ‘snaggle_toothed’

  13. How wonderful, such joy in the little things. :)

  14. Reblogged this on Greatpoetrymhf's Weblog and commented:
    A day in nature….wonderfully shared here in”Back from the Fields”

  15. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    This made me feel like a kid again! descriptions like “barbed weeds” brings it all to life. :)

  16. Yes, even the oldsters have a kid inside begging to come out and play! I let mine out every now and then. ;)

  17. In many ways, children are much wiser than adults!


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