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What to Remember When Wakening

It was a long day. I was up at 5:45 AM, on a flight at 11:30 AM, and just wrapping up my day in a different time zone than the one I began the day in. Again, I had a great day and will find time to speak about it as the days move on. I am doing an Art of Hosting workshop and the first day was pretty incredible. It speaks to the David Whyte poem about thing coming to life even when unplanned and only need nourishment and nurturing to come to life.

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

27 responses »

  1. Lovely poem, Ivon, both thought-provoking and profound. Food for contemplation. Blessings

  2. Ivon
    after long hard day poetry is how fresh shower
    I greet

  3. I just love reading your intellect. so thought provoking and original 😉

  4. Love this Ivon…thanks for sharing.

  5. a most beautiful poem, thanks for sharing! love & light to you Ivon!

  6. This is a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing it, Ivon, and I am so glad to have found my way to your blog.

  7. Love the post and the poem.

  8. Reblogged this on katzideas and commented:
    I enjoyed this

  9. “To be human is to become visible
    while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.”
    copying/sharing on Facebook and giving you proper credit for the quote. Thanks!

  10. Love this. Reminds me of Elsa Barkers letters from a living dead man and is so in line with Sylvia Brown. Well said.

    • I am so intrigued by the universality of literary themes that great writers seem to share and what connections we can find generation after generation in the words of Elsa Barker and then David Whyte.

  11. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Not only poetic, but great tell. I enjoyed this much.

    Thank you 🙂

    And while I’m here…

    ¸.•*¨*•. ♪♫♫♪Happy New Year Ivon .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
    ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” & wishing for you, what you wish this year.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸

    🙂 Sincerely, the best to you, N’n.

  12. ‘To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others’ – this, from the poem above, is exactly what you do so generously. Thank you.


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