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Questions, real questions, are scary. They need me to face the unknown. What don’t I understand? It is easy to chase real questions away and deal with the easy ones.

Each day I ask:

What is my question?”

What wonder is there?

Can I live curiously?

Can I touch my questions?

Be honest,

Be awake,

Open my heart.

Refuse false questions–

Those I obsessively chase,

Leave me unfulfilled,

Sullied and dirty.

Real questions raise turmoil—

They cause fear–

Am I ready?

Can I navigate turbulent,

Uncharted seas?

Can I delve deeper?

Lay a foundation–

Not on sand;

On rock;

Where I am grounded.

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.

14 responses »

  1. Yes, you can. Xoxo

  2. Beautiful words – no doubt, questions open up life. Thanks Ivon.

  3. Beautiful and well expressed.

  4. Oooh, Ivon; they’re real questions..!
    And sometimes real questions do cause fear. If there is an easier way, I don’t know it…!

  5. Oh, my dear teacher, how I love when YOU write! This is my favorite so far. It is superficial existence that I FEAR — and so admire and adore those willing to “delve deep” and truly get to know themselves. These are the inspired souls who illuminate our world…Thank you for sharing your beautiful mind!

  6. Pingback: I Dwell in Possibility « Teacher as Transformer

  7. To Live truly and fully I believe you must embrace the Fear and ask the tough questions. Even when you do not like the answers you grow and that leads you toward Enlightenment. I am learning this slowly. Peace.

  8. I like the message and the way you crafted it, Ivon.



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