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The Old Poets of China

I am back including my posts. Mary Oliver wrote this beautiful and short poem which points out the need for quiet time. I  accomplished a lot during my break. I flew home twice and am back in Edmonton for Christmas. I spent the time away from the blog completing the course work and getting ready for the next part of the journey: my dissertation writing.

Wherever I am, the world comes after me.

It offers me its busyness. It does not believe

that I do not want it. Now I understand

why the old poets of China went so far and high

into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.


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.

33 responses »

  1. I hope you’re making time to breathe 🙂

  2. if you are living in the society it will influence you. you cant help it.

  3. wonderfully reminds me
    why I take refuge
    in nature
    where reminders of the natural pace
    of living peacefully welcome 🙂

  4. Lovely…. And congratulations on your progress on your journey!

  5. Sounds like you’ve been pretty busy.
    Welcome back Ivon 🙂

  6. Wonderful post Ivon. We missed you in blogger land.

  7. Lovely poem and yes our local environment does grow on us!

  8. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  9. Sure glad the rest of us get to share in your creativity too! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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  11. Ivon, my mother said I was that way since I was a child! If I had my way that is where I would be right now. There is a certain peace that embraces you when its only you and God together, to read and melt into the wisdom that He brings! But in reality…I stay because of wife and daughters and grandchildren, helping them to make their lives better and because of love. Wonderful post my friend!

  12. Beautiful poem, Ivon. Great to see you back 🙂

  13. I love the images your verse reflects! I see you were in Edmonton…Alberta? I was there from the end of September through the first part of December. Beautiful Saskatchewan River Valley!

  14. beautiful poem and wonderful read, Thank you for sharing.


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