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I spent today catching up. Most of it was digital. It is interesting how much email built up, but I was productive today. This poem by Charles Simic spoke to me. Children wonder and hold the world in awe. Adults lose track of the beauty of mystery. I am not sure what next week holds. Perhaps, I will write poetry. Although I relied on the words of others, noted that many of these poets were new to me and that was transformative. I spent time wisely.

Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.
From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.
I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill—
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.

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 »

  1. Gorgeous poem.

  2. What a profound perspective of life. To just “be” … *whatever*…. To ponder what it means to simply be that which we are… I can understand why this poem spoke to you. Thank you for sharing it with others so that it can speak to them, too.

  3. Stones are magic. So is this poem!

  4. Hi Ivon, First of all, I want to thank you for being so supportive of my blog posts. This poem is very deep and beautiful. You mentioned that perhaps you might write poetry some day. I encourage you to do that. I’m certain when you do – your words will be inspiring, too. (See, I created a rhyme for you!)

  5. You may like this Celtic Bard on WordPress:

  6. Dear Ivon,
    I have nominate you for the Shine On award, please check at

    Warm regards,

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    This is lovely. You do poetry so very much justice.

    I know what you mean about digital time consuming. But it’s such a great feeling to be creative at the end of all the duty, I do know that.

    Beautiful 🙂


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