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The Opening of Eyes

I arrive at the end of another week. It was a quiet week in many ways. Next week includes parent-teacher interviews and will be more hectic. When I reflected, I thought of the Marcel Proust quote: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I need the quiet and the solitude which allows me to achieve one glimpse at a time.

I found my way to this David Whyte poem which proposed a similar message. The poet echoed Proust in the second stanza. As I open my eyes, my heart and mind open in astonishment as the wonder of silence finds a new world that was always there, a paradox.

That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.

It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing
speaking out loud in the clear air.

It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.


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.

21 responses »

  1. Such a great poem and powerful quote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Thanks for sharing!

  2. I especially liked the last 5 lines. They made me smile and brought up pleasant memories.

  3. Wonderful and I find this to be powerful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing it! Hugs, Barbara

  4. Thanks for sharing this, this poetry exposes such clarity of vision.

  5. With a tear rolling down my cheek – the gift of beauty, the power of being astonished by the power of a thought.

  6. Once again you amaze me. Don’t stop!

  7. I loved everything, but will remember Proust: “having new eyes”.
    Same objective experience leading to completely new horizons.

  8. love this one! thanks for posting

  9. jalal michael sabbagh.

    Both Marcel Proust ‘s Quote and David Whyte ‘s poem are so profound to discover new horizons we need to look beyond the surface .Great post.Thank you for liking my post ( Sharing….) Sincerely jalal

  10. Ivon – just to let you know that I have nominated you for the prestigious HUG Award. Details at Congratulations!

  11. Hi I have awarded you The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. For rules see my today’s blog post. You really deserve this award! 🙂


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