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To Look at Any Thing

I have had a rare opportunity in life to be a teacher. The pinnacle was being a teacher at Stony Creek. I knew what it meant to be a teacher. I had several conversations today about what we share with each other. John Moffitt wrote this beautiful poem. I interpret part of the poem as being the need be present and share our stories. Teachers and hockey coaches can make a difference in children’s lives. I need to be vulnerable. Parker Palmer suggested teachers live at the most dangerous intersection of personal and private life. I will miss that aspect of the classroom. I got to be a teacher. I got to know what that meant, because I looked at it and lived it as fully. It brought peace to my life.

To look at any thing,

If you would know that thing,

You must look at it long:

To look at this green and say,

‘I have seen spring in these

Woods,’ will not do–you must

Be the thing you see:

You must be the dark snakes of

Stems and ferny plumes of leaves

You must enter in

To the small silences between

The leaves,

You must take your time

And touch the very peace

They issue from.

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.

9 responses »

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Being a teacher would be both a privilege and a big responsibility. Privilege in the sense of knowing that how you teach could be the building blocks of the future of our community, but responsibility in the sense that these days, teachers almost have to be the student’s parent and care giver in the face of both parents working and relying on your care and guidance (a lot more than they did in the 1950s and 60s when one parent was usually home all day).

    Being a teacher seems like very hard work these days – so much preparation work to be done.

    • It is interesting you say the different roles we play. I have a contrast in that manner. One group of students come from stable families where the parents are very active in their children’s lives and educations. The other group it is quite different and I play a different role in each environment.

  2. The world is a better place BECAUSE of teachers like YOU!!

  3. magnificent poem, sir, thank you for sharing, kind regardsm Baldy 🙂

  4. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.


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