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The Lame Goat

I feel better; more tired and listless than sick today. I lack of creative juices today, opened one of my poetry anthologies, and came across this Rumi poem. It depends on my perspective whether I lead or follow. Perhaps, I can do both and even at the same time?

You’ve seen a herd of goats

going down to the water.

The lame and dreamy goat

brings up the rear.

They are worried faces about that one,

but now they’re laughing,

because look, as they return,

the goat is leading!

They are many different kind of knowing.

The lame goat’s kind is a branch

that traces back to the roots of presence.

Learn from the lame goat,

and lead the herd back home.

Goat sculpture from found objects, by Picasso.

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.

17 responses »

  1. Glad to hear you are on the mend.

  2. Ivon, seems like you and I both had a similar kind of day – there’s a hard planetary configuration right now – perhaps that’s it. And there’s always tomorrow! ;D

  3. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  4. Wonderful post Ivon. Food for thought for months. All best wishes for speedy restoration to feeling 100%. And thanks for being both teacher and inspiration way beyond your classroom walls (or country!) …

  5. Glad you are feeling better.

  6. Ivon, how wonderful to have stumbled upon your blog. And anyone who loves Rumi has my vote! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Bless xx

  7. I love this,Ivon..both words and images


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