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Kay Ryan wrote this deeply spiritual and moving poem. It has a Zen, mystical quality. I am sure there is Something or Someone holding everything together. When something disrupts the ocean of universal consciousness and it goes a little off course or yaws, we feel only the slightest pull. A larger energy field absorbs the drops and warps. The adjustments occur in ways so we are not tested beyond our limits and find a path to walk.

Imagine a surface

so still and vast

that it could test

exactly what

it set in motion

when a single stone

is cast into its ocean.

Possessed of a calm

so far superior

to people’s, it alone

could be assessed

ideally irascible.

In such a case,

if ripples yawed

or circles wobbled

in their orbits

like spun plates

it would be the law

and not so personal

that what drops warps

what warps dissipates.

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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.

12 responses »

  1. This was lovely and I liked the way you introduced it. I am a believer of a universal God and like it when the poetry and imagery is inclusive of all. This is such a nice unifying, yet explanation of how big is your God?!

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  2. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    Kay Ryan ,truly unique poet.His words spring from the depth of our humanity limits.Thank you so much for liking my post (Accolades Awards…) Have a blessed day.jalal

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  3. This is indeed a beautiful poem, it’s tranquil very ‘zen’ as you said. I wanted to stop by and say “Thanks!” for liking a recent post of mine, didn’t see an ‘About’ tab and it’s good I didn’t. I really appreciate likes in general and comments. It let’s one know that you’re not writing to for an empty room so-to-speak. God bless, do stop by again and I can’t leave without saying, teachers are among my favorite human-beings. I’ve been blessed to have teachers of various sorts all my life. I have a feeling you’re a good one. 🙂

    Blessings,
    Rebecca

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  4. There is deep philosophy in this poem, makes you think.

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