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What Can I Do?

It has been an extraordinarily sad day and that was clear in the blogs I follow. A profound sense of sorrow and loss echoed through the digital world. What was extraordinary was the sense what has happened in Connecticut needs to end. This centred on the question: “What can I do?” I think we can do much, but the change begins with us and moves out. As I take my weekly pause, I want to give some thought to what can I do?

On a sombre day–

Grief and sorrow the order,

A message heard:

Change begins in me.

I am a catalyst

I look inside:

Call forth a gentle spirit–

Give it voice.

In light, love happens–


Reaches out its hand

Beckons others join.

Rings on clearest pond,

Ripples of love touch,

Right cascades forth,

Good people meet.

Good touches good,

Prayer meets prayer,

Love conquers hate

Join together.

Good people summoned–

Their tears catalyze,

Grieve and heal as one,

We are change.

Be a community–

It is not a distant loss:

It is our loss–

Feel it.

Small change is ours–

We each contribute,

Love multiplies:

Heals the world.


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.

19 responses »



  2. “Do not ask for whom the bells toll, it tolls for thee.”
    Beautiful poem Ivon.

  3. “Love multiplies: Heals the world.” Thank you, Ivon!

  4. There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?
    NA 3:19

  5. Beautiful poem tor love and healing. Thank you Ivon.

  6. This is the first entry of yours that I have read so far (I just stumbled across your blog a few minutes ago!), and this is really a great post. Beautiful words.

  7. Very nice and Inspirational poem for Love and Healing.

  8. A beautiful poem Ivon that made me stop and think.

  9. I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Please find the details at Here is another star for your collection – congratulations!

  10. Emotive and evocative. A beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing

  11. Pingback: What Can I Do? | Teacher as Transformer

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