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The Child in Me

What if I could just lay outside with grass as my green carpet and the sky replete with clouds as my ceiling? We leave childhood behind so easily?

I lay on green carpet shaggy–

Enrobed in leaves’ greenery;

Silent words breezily whispered–

Bluest blue ceiling revealed;

Cotton batten shapes dance–

Oh, just for me this day!

Night arrives–

The sky wrapped in ebony–

Distant neon signs wink–

Moon’s maternal smile–

Each welcomes–

Just me, this night!

A child’s heart, a child’s mind;

Paints precious images–

Hold close;

Do not let them fade–

Close eyes:

Priceless memories, just for me!

 

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.

16 responses »

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Lovely.

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  2. This is good! So good.

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  3. I believe that those who had a beautiful childhood, and learned what needed to be learned then, can leave childhood behind and go forward. For those who suffered, it might be harder to leave it behind…

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  4. Lead Our Lives

    Beautiful. Conjures images of brief moments long past…and now resurrected. Thank you!

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  5. you have a gentle heart…I have posted your blog on my Facebook page…many of my friends are teachers…i know they will love your writings! thank you also for visiting my blog!

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  6. “Priceless memories”. Yes, I agree.

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  7. I like this poem a lot, Ivon, especially since you wrote it. I’ve often thought about capturing such feelings in a poem or song but haven’t yet gotten a project to a point where I feel I’m accurately capturing the feelings well enough. I believe that you have done so with this poem. Well done.
    Russ

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    • Thank you Russ. I appreciate the comment. I hope you find the lyrics and music for your poem or song. I am not a musician, but am influenced by many folk singers i.e. Dylan, Seeger, Buffy St. Marie, etc. and the power of their words.

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  8. The choice is always there to do such things.

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