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On the Edge

Kathy and I are back on the road this morning. It will be Monday before I post again. I disconnect to reconnect. I feel on the edge at this time of the week and summer. I go back to work next Wednesday and, for the first time in my career, I am not looking forward to going back. I am on the edge and find faith in something other than me.

Each step

Brings me to the edge.

Uncertain balance

On the edge.

Instability dances with stability

Harsh with the gentle.

Quiet the self

Hear the soul’s gentle words.

A still space reveals wisdom

A spirit of Faith.

Look forward;

Look down.

Go forward

Accept hands proffered in similar Faith.


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

8 responses »

  1. Ivon,

    I have had many summers where I stood at the brink of classes with unhappy feelings- not this year for some reason. But it’s okay. We feel what we feel.

    I’m really going to try this year to bring my Zen beliefs into my teaching moments as much as I can. Maybe the thought of that is helping me feel good about teaching again.

    I like the message here though- “Go forward.”



  2. We are so often on the edge, whether we know it or not – and that edge can bring incredible exhilaration and times of true refreshing as well as the knots of fear! I always tell myself that if I had 6 months to get ready for school, I still would have things to do. Sometimes we only need to start, to find that stepping off that edge is not as terrifying as it seems…

  3. An understandable viewpoint. You have been satisfying the inner you whilst traveling this path of the past short time. It would seem to me to be totally plausible to be thinking of remaining within this energy. However; it is only by living life in its myriad forms that we can appreciate the good, the bad and the ugly, so to speak. Enjoy the sense of wistful dreams while you may; tomorrow is a brand new day…!


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