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There`s what you do

We live a personal story based on personal perspective.  I find it hard some days to not live too deeply in my story and forget the good things that happen. The kindness and generosity of people helped overcome many challenging times. I felt the breath of compassion.  I thank students and their families for lifting me up during difficult times.

Al Zolynas wrote this Zen-like poem and reminds me my narrative is only my narrative. Others see their truth differently and sometimes quite differently. And then there is poetry the act of doing, feeling, and sharing all wrapped up in one.

and then there’s what you feel
while you do it
and then there are the words
that come later
to describe, recreate, narrate it–
all at a third remove
from the doing. And
then there’s poetry,
a doing in words, the act of writing
and a pointing back to
the ultimate and absolute
the relativity of words
their limited and limiting circumscriptions,
their stalactites of feeling,
their penumbras of meaning,
the deep cave of their origin.

About ivonprefontaine

I am a retired educator who is currently completing a PhD. Prior to teaching, I worked in private industry for 15 years and returned to university to earn my education degree. For the last 17 years I taught, I was a teacher in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. My dissertation topic is how teachers experience becoming who they are as teachers, as human subjects.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Arkside of Thought | Poetry, Politics, Philosophy, Life and commented:
    My truth: what comes prior to stepping upon the foundation. Check it out, peeps.

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  3. annotating60

    I like what your saying, but words don’t feel. They have meaning and its in putting their different meanings together that hopefully the reader feels the words. As poets yuou can’t fault your words, their your choices to make to get the feeling you want understood, be understood..>KB

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    • I think the poet was trying to say this is as close to words having feeling we can get. Poets tend to roll the words around and find the one that comes closest to your feelings. At least that is what I took from the poem.

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  4. talesfromthelou

    Thank Yvon, very nice.

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