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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.

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. I also commend to you her “Niagara River”

  2. 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?!

  3. jalal michael sabbagh.

    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

  4. 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. 🙂


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

  6. Pingback: The Niagra River | Teacher as Transformer

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