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One thing that came up at the retreat was the way we make life complicated and this poem used that word in it. We make our life complicated with our view of the world. Let it Be is also my favourite Beatles song so it was a great way to begin the week with this wonderful poem about helping each other out and sometimes just pausing and taking a breath.


There are different kinds of problems





It can come just around the corner

It can be from someone

or No one at all

It can be solved at an instance

on its own

or might need a couple of helping hands

And there are problems that seems impossible to deal with


“And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, LET IT BE

…There Will Be an Answer, LET IT BE…”

(I also love this Let It Be cover by Angie Vasquez.)

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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.

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  1. Best wishes for clarity and peace at your retreat.

  2. Well, I idiotically left a detailed comment for you at lifessweetbittersurprises, who will wonder at the advice I sent re playing guitar, as well as why I , whoever I am, think she’s a doctoral student. Yet, it seemed like all I did was click…famous last words.

    Hmm…so I guess you don’t need to hear about the blues progressions you can already play with the chords you know…

    Thanks so much for continuing to stop by when I was too busy to stop and say hi to anyone.
    I appreciate it, Ivon!

  3. Let It Be is one of my favorite songs, too. Wonderful poem to go with it. 🙂

  4. Cool music choice. Good to see your retreat was ‘most excellent’ ~ that’s the way you should feel if it’s truly a retreat 🙂

  5. Really beautiful poem. You have well clarified also.

  6. Lovely post Ivon, word and music so beautiful


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