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What If Nature Could Remember or Dream?

After I posted Open Heart; Open Mind, I recalled a Wendell Berry poem entitled In a Country Once Forested. I wondered what if nature really could remember? What would that be like? What if nature were a dreamer of dreams? I think Wendell Berry says it beautifully and wisely in this poem.

The young woodland remembers

the old, a dreamer dreaming

of an old holy book,

an old set of instructions,

and the soil under the grass

is dreaming of a young forest,

and under the pavement the soil

is dreaming of grass.

I think nature is can recall and able to dream dreams. It might look like this.

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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 teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. 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. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

7 responses »

  1. I think nature does remember because that is how some of it does look. Our bodies remember our ancestors. Wendell Berry is very gently pointed in his poems.

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  2. What a beautiful thought. This has never occured to me, even knowing plants and trees can feel. 🙂

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  3. That was a beautiful poem, thank you Ivon… and sad too, as we cover up more and more of the globe with concrete in various incarnations.!

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  4. Touching poem, thank you. Have a nice weekend, Ivon.
    Love
    Dina

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