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That Space, That Silence

It has been another long day. I am not always a politically correct person in the way some want. I struggle to say what the dominant group of the moment wants everyone to say. A reason we have polarization in the world is we want others to agree with us sometimes without giving reasons for it to happen. I might agree, but what about those who are not present?

That invisible space between us–

Between our truths

Sacred ground

Till it gently.

That silence you hear–

Almost imperceptible;

It is reverent

Hold it gently.

That space,

That silence,

Emerge magically

No recipe needed.

That space,

That silence,

Easily chased away–



About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

15 responses »

  1. Being politically correct is overrated. Be real. That will change lives—that and merging together into that silent space.

    • I agree and after I posted I spoke again about the importance of making sure those we disagree with are present. We want our voice heard and we should respect that for others. It seemed to be heard better this time.

  2. being yourself and speaking out with what you believe is the most important, regardless of what others say or believe as long as you are true to yourself and your beliefs is what makes you the man of character you truly are.

    • I agree. In fact, it is not whether I agree or not, but I find that we speak about things and people when they are unable to be present. It seems that would be something that needs to stop.

      • You are correct it is never never okay to speak of others when not around if it is negative or in poor taste. Uplifting others and speaking out for them or at least to stop the talk takes courage but it is morally, ethically the right thing to do.

  3. Great and very relevant post. Thanks!

  4. Love the way you chose to end this one – such a listening frame of mind. And listening is a great way into finding a voice for all views…

  5. At one time in my life I was so ‘right’ about my opinions, and never heard others. Then I learned to listen. I didn’t lose a thing. I learned so much more about others and what makes them hurt inside. I love this poem Ivon.

    • Thank you Yaz. Perhaps that is the problem, I am looking back and thinking, “I wonder what I could have learned differently?” Deep listening does not slow us down. It invigorates and brings us to a point where the action taken makes sense. I hope we learn that as we get older.

  6. Pure truth and brilliantly stated! Well done. 🙂


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