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Ode to Enchanted Light

Pablo Neruda‘s final stanza is about the wonders the world sings out to us. We are in the universe and related to all phenomena. When light drops through the latticework of branches and when the cicada sings the light falls on us and the song includes us.

In the busy world we inhabit, it is difficult to elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. When we pause and take a breath, the world senses us. We are in the extraordinary, overflowing glass. The world enchants us and we enchant it. We sing a rhapsody that is the world as the etymology of enchant suggests. Our lives become incantations and the response is the world’s incantation we can each hear in those momentary, mindful pauses.

Under the trees light
has dropped from the top of the sky,
light
like a green
latticework of branches,
shining
on every leaf,
drifting down like clean
white sand.

A cicada sends
its sawing song
high into the empty air.

The world is
a glass overflowing
with water.

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.

14 responses »

  1. Truly, there is no better way to see The Light than to experience it through the lens of nature.

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  2. A glass overflowing with wonder..

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  3. ah, Pablo Neruda… <3 merci, Yvon! :)

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  4. I love Pablo Neruda, but not read this one before. It’s extremely vivid and visual, wonderful descriptions. He was such a good writer! :)

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  5. Reblogged this on Willow-Marie .real. and commented:
    This post is a reminder that seeing the miraculous and sacred in the everyday is a choice – one that needs to be taken often. It brings the mystery closer, and yes, it enchants.

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