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Reach into the Heart

I arrive at the end of another busy, fruitful week. I begin the digital sabbath and spend time looking in, reading quietly, writing, and reflect on what is revealed. What is my heart’s purpose?

I gently reach into my heart,

A space not easily entered–

It resists busyness–

Asks for something different.

Here, at heart’s door

I listen carefully,


Then, a faint whisper.

Tenderly emerges…

Here, in delicate quietness;

Here, in exquisite solitude;

Here, in rich frailty;

Here, in soft strength

But, only when I listen

My inner teacher speaks.

What do I hear?

I am uncertain–

It is the soul that speaks

It speaks differently–

Not in human terms–

In spiritual terms.

Wisdom discerned…

Revealed slowly…

In that patience and calmness…

Life animated…

This way

Life’s fruit borne.


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.

15 responses »

  1. Love everything about this, Dear Ivon! Reaching inward, heart and soul, elicits life’s ripest fruit — Delicious…Thanks YOU!

  2. Beautiful words emanate from a wise mind and your writings exemplify that.. Wonderful to say the least…!

  3. That really touched me….:)

  4. Touching. Nice composition. Concept beautiful.

  5. We need both, don’t we? I need a time of quiet and reflection – a time to recharge my battery, but if I overcharge it, I’m lonely, and grumpy. If I don’t charge it, I can’t keep talking and going. You have expressed it beautifully. 🙂 Have a great week. Marsha 🙂

  6. A most apt and enjoyabole poem with a message that is clear and loving. Thank you. Warm Regards, Tasha

  7. Such divine poetry from the heart, thx for sharing Ivon! ♥


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