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We are writing poetry at school. Tomorrow, we write extended metaphors. I provide examples for students. I wrote this extended metaphor several years ago. I hope you enjoy.

Life is a spirited ride…
It soars;
Break neck speed.

Out of control;
On the edge;
It swerves–
Remains on the rails.

Never fully alone;
Solitude appears when needed;
Safe, yet vulnerable–
This paradox.

I breathe deep,
Life fully lived and experienced;
Not meant to be tamed.

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.

39 responses »

  1. Great metaphors. You should have a fun time.

  2. ….and yet it is in moments of silent grazing that we chew on all we have experienced, so that we may learn.

    As I read your words, the above galloped to the fore. Thank you for the excellent metaphor and sharing.

    Peace, Eric

    • Thank you Eric. It is in the gap that we learn. I am reading Buddha Brain and the authors, using neuroscience research, make the argument that wisdom for thousands of years has spoken about. We cannot learn in the busy moments of life. It is the pause that refreshes.

  3. Shouldn’t be tamed! I agree.
    Great poem!

  4. Great poem sir. Very nice.

  5. The last stanza is my favorite! Thanks for sharing.

  6. You are such an incredibly nice person…..

  7. Wonderful images, Ivon.
    How did they (the students) respond, Ivon…?

  8. Love it!


  9. Very Nice Expression.

    • Welcome Lvsrao. I missed your visits and posts. Thank you for the compliment.

      • Sir, I was away from station for long time and I resumed to my routine since yesterday, 17th. instant. I am highly grateful for your kind words. Now I can go through your blog postings which are very knowledgeable and interesting too which I missed to see all these days.
        Kindly do Bless me all the time.

      • Thank you for stopping by again. Your absence was noted and I appreciate your return. I look forward to your posts.

  10. I hope the students enjoy this as much as I did..I loved this.

  11. I fully agree – life should be experienced, not tamed! Great extended metaphor.

  12. Brilliant! Really love how the words flow,.

  13. Hi Ivon, I’m pasting below a comment I left on one of your re-blogs that I mistakenly posted to the original blogger – no matter, I found a great site that way! But here’s the comment I had intended for you:

    “Thanks so much for passing this along; it’s beautiful! I have intended for some time to thank you for re-blogging one of my posts several weeks ago. WOW that gave me my record number of views for one day, but more importantly, it introduced me to some wonderful bloggers. Thanks for your continual encouragement of the blogging community. It’s a beautiful neighborhood!”

    One I’m still learning my way around, as you can tell 🙂 Thanks again.

    • I am still learning my way around the neighbourhood as well, but the exploration is part of the adventure and enjoyment. Thank you for stopping and commenting. It is appreciated.

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  15. Wonderful, I love it! 🙂


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