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Natural Selection

The last couple of classes we talked about the way things seem to run below the surface. Life is full and richer due to paradox. What happens below the surface goes unnoticed. It is interesting to examine events that seem chance and realize they emerged out of necessity. Frequently, we acknowledge in the retrospective rear-view mirror.

Alan Shapiro wrote this poem which has multiple meanings, but I found it speaks to life lived.

proceeds by chance

and necessity

becomes nonrandom

through randomness

builds complexity

from simplicity

nurtures consciousness


evolves purposely

creatures who demand


and discover

natural selection


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.

7 responses »

  1. Hi Ivon, I hope all is well with you!

  2. Add a couple of random variables together and many complex ordered outcomes can emerge

  3. Great meaning. Really it speaks of life.
    Very nice sharing, sir.

  4. As long as we don’t try too hard to ALWAYS see patterns. Sometimes they’re just not there; mere coincidences; dead ends on the tree. The challenge is knowing when there is and when there isn’t ‘something.’


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