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I was not sure I had a poem today. It is a bit hectic with parent-teacher interviews, but this morning I had an email waiting and saw a path. I am not sure about the title, but here goes.

The last few days I have watched a friend struggle with being involved in something she is very passionate about. As I watch, I see her struggling. Her contributions are simply expected and thus unappreciated. Often, I think, we feel this way and believe we are alone in our struggles. Me experience points to another truth. We need to look up and across, open our minds and hearts and discover there are others who we can lean on.


Alone on an iceberg

Look around;

Look up;

Open your eyes–

Recognize others with you

Share stories–

Pearls of wisdom

In those oyster shells–

Found in deepest waters.

Experiences fully lived–

Reflect on them

Open heroic hearts;

Extend welcoming arms;

Proffer capable hands;

Share construction–

Bridge open water,

Calm perilous seas–

You are not alone

Others await your company.



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.

26 responses »

  1. this is so wonderful!! I especially like :
    Extend welcoming arms;

    Proffer capable hands;
    Share constructionโ€“
    Bridge open water,
    Calm perilous seasโ€“
    You are not alone
    Others await your company.

  2. Sometimes, it is very difficult not to feel alone. It is very difficult to feel past disappointment and expectation. But, we must. if we are to keep our souls intact. Lovely poem, as usual.

  3. Beautiful in its inspiration. We are indeed never alone. This planet is filled with loving souls — we just have to open our hearts, overcome our fears, and let them touch us…

  4. Haha – I had a professor once who could hardly believe I used the verb “proffer.” He thought it archaic and wonderful! I’ll pass that compliment on to you, Ivon.

  5. nothing hurts more than the situation when your labour is taken for granted i guess!

    very beautiful poem.

  6. Excellent Inspirational.

  7. This spoke to me as well as settled me
    I can not wait till my 10 day silent retreat to learn new tools
    Thanks Ivon

  8. Thank you Ivon, this is a beautiful poem. I guess it’s one reason so many people blog. We are encouraged when we have others who enjoy what we offer. Blessings, Marsha ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I really like this one, Ivon. Especially the last two lines. A powerful and wise message in few words!



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