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The Space of Silence

I got away from writing poetry, but I felt it nibbling at the corners of that part of me throughout this hectic summer. As I get ready for the next part of the doctoral journey, I spent more time writing purpose statements, editing them, and edging closer to something workable. With a full course load in September, I know my schedule will look different. Something I need daily is silence and pauses where things percolate academically and creatively. I got back to my yoga mat more this last week or two and I feel good with the silence that I find in those moments. It is another meditative space where wisdom comes calling.

Rush,

Seek blindly

Grasp and cling.

Be present—

Pause—

Receive each moment’s gift.

Gently wrapped—

A bow in place—

Wisdom concealed.

In spacious silence—

A wordless symphony—

Plays serene melody.

Unrecognized tailor—

Silence stitches—

Weaves life whole.

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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.

17 responses »

  1. A lovely poem that was calming to read, not unlike The Tao. Thank you. Paulette p.s. good luck with your doctorate studies.

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  2. This is lovely, Ivon.

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  3. It’s lovely poem, Ivon, and i’d love to “Receive each moment’s gift.” instead of rushing…

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  4. I love “gently wrapped, – a bow in place” . May you find many such moments in your
    busy schedule.

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  5. Lovely poem, Ivon. It’s been long I didn’t visit your blog.I missed your touching words a lot. Best wishes.

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  6. Wonderful poem Ivon! I read it several times and got new insights each time. Taking the time to gently calm down is important and pays back manifold in renewed energy.

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  7. Wow ~ utterly peacefilled and beautiful. You are so gifted.

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  8. Excellent poem.

    If there is no stillness,
    there is no silence.
    If there is no silence,
    there is no insight.
    If there is no insight,
    there is no clarity.

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  9. “Silence stitches”… Im always amazed how other minds have so much imagination.

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