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The Panther

I had a great day today. The beauty of mindfulness is I am learning that good and not so good pass and flow into another moment. I waited more than 1/2 of my life, I hope, to learn this lesson. The day was long, but sharing tea and conversation at the end completed it so fully.

Today, as I reflected on yesterday’s ‘trials’ I recalled Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, The Panther. I felt like that yesterday. When I let go, I felt so much better; I no longer pacing behind bars.

From seeing the bars, his seeing is so exhausted

that it no longer holds anything anymore.

To him the world is bars, a hundred thousand

bars, and behind the bars, nothing.

The lithe swinging of that rhythmical easy stride

which circles down to the tiniest hub

is like a dance of energy around a point

in which a great will stands stunned and numb.

Only at times the curtains of the pupil rise

without a second … then a shape enters,

slips through the tightened silence of the shoulders,

reaches the heart, and dies.

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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.

21 responses »

  1. Ivon, that is a very beautiful and deep piece you share. Awesome and thank you!

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  2. Love Rilke. I think you have an important contribution to make to our educational system. It needs your insight.

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  3. This is a powerful piece that you shared here Ivon, really touching.

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  4. Once in a great while we read something that bypasses the brain and goes straight to the heart. well narrated. Beautiful. Nice post.

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  5. Beautiful from start to finish

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  6. I just love Rilke. Anywhere, anytime.

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  7. “The beauty of mindfulness is I am learning that good and not so good pass and flow into another moment.” That is so beautiful and such a great place to be!

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