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The Blessing

I begin an extended Sabbath tomorrow morning with a three-day retreat. It has been a productive week and it feels good to take a break from the reading and writing.

I came across this poem by James Wright yesterday. It speaks about the gifts and blessings I miss when I are not attentive. Part of the progress has been a result of good conversations which, at every turn, seem to add something new to the thinking needed to move forward. By looking at what is there, I find what I search for and blossom.

Just off the highway to Rochester Minnesota,

Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.

And the eyes of those two Indian ponies

Darken within kindness.

They have come gladly out of the willows

To welcome my friend and me.

We step over barbed wire into the pasture

Where they have been grazing all day, alone.

They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness

That we have come.

They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.

There is no loneliness like theirs.

At home once more,

They begin munching the young tuffs of spring in the darkness.

I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she has walked over to me

And nuzzled my left hand.

She is black and white,

Her mane falls wild on her forehead,

And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear

That is as delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.

Suddenly I realize

That if I stepped out of my body I would break

Into blossom.

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.

21 responses »

  1. Such a beautiful poem. I can almost see and feel those horses.

  2. You are blessed and your words will touch many others. Shalom, Barbara

  3. Catherine Johnson


  4. Beautiful words, almost solemn! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. your beautiful imagery took me away onto the field with my favorite beast of beauty. thank you.

  6. I wish you an inspirational and productive retreat.

  7. Wishing you a replenishing Sabbath, Ivon!
    And thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. πŸ˜€
    Much love!

  8. so lovely – refreshing

  9. Thank you … that is beautiful. I wish you a peaceful sabbatical Ivon.

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    I am so with you re missing a blessing. As I write my blog, I realise how many blessings I have had along the way. Life does provide.

    Lovely poem too. Just beautiful.


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