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A Day so Happy

Czeslaw Milosz wrote this beautiful poem that segues me into my Sunday Sabbath. It was a busy and productive week. Some poetry is finding its way to the surface, but I find the weeks I have classes it is more difficult to move those thoughts from my mind and heart to the paper. When we are able to find what makes us whole, we can find forgiveness in our heart. It is like a fog lifts and we can see the beauty of the world that beckons.

A day so happy.

Fog lifted early, I walked in the garden.

Hummingbirds were stopping over

honeysuckle flowers.

There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess.

I knew no one worth envying him.

Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot.

To think that I was once the same man

did not embarrass me.

In my body I felt no pain.

When straightening up, I saw the blue sea and sails.


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.

22 responses »

  1. “When straightening up, I saw the blue sea and sails.”
    Such a lovely and true image of a fog that has lifted. Thank you!

  2. Have a blessed Sabbath rest.

  3. Yes, a day to be happy when one can appreciate the moment. Touching poem.

  4. This is what it feels like to be 100% in balance and grounded. Thank you!

  5. Beautifully peaceful post. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    Beautiful poem. Thank you, Ivon. Blessings for a lovely Sun-day.

  7. Lovely poem…every day is a new start! I used to tell my students that everyday is a new beginning.

  8. just a slice–like a sun beam in a garden–that says a lot about viewpoint. I like the anti-rueful tone of the final 4 lines, as well as epic progression therein, as well. I like the choice of ‘plot device’ i.e. hummingbird…

    I see this, inside and out. (perhaps better said)


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