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Afternoon on a Hill

Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote this beautiful poem which reminded me about how the greatest things are sometimes about those things which touch us, but we do not necessarily touch them. The world greets us in the form of the sun, flowers, its geology, sky, etc. We sense these things in the fullest way. They reach into us and touch us deeply in a spiritual way.

When we are present in the world, it makes the world come alive, we only need to sit, and it makes us feel fully we are part of it and not outside it.

I will be the gladdest thing

   Under the sun!

I will touch a hundred flowers

   And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds

   With quiet eyes,

Watch the wind bow down the grass,

   And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show

   Up from the town,

I will mark which must be mine,

   And then start down!

About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

23 responses »

  1. That is a lovely and delicate poem.

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  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    SPLENDID!!!!

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  3. BLESS YOUR EDUCATED AND SENSITIVE HEART!!!! 🙂

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  4. Thank you for posting this. Lovely reminder:)

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  5. merci, Yvon! Edna St. Vincent Millay and Emily Dickinson are my beloved/favourite American poets… bon journée et une fin de semaine formidable! amicalement, Mélanie

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  6. What a beautiful poem.. And a lovely reminder to appreciate the nature around me.

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  7. What a delightful poem, Ivon; I went traveling with him.

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  8. Its a great poem Ivon … but the words that real stick with me today are yours:
    “When we are present in the world, it makes the world come alive, we only need to sit, and it makes us feel fully we are part of it and not outside it.”
    Thank you!
    Val

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  9. Such a great poet and poem! You did a great job of introducing this and giving us an uplifting message! I look back at so many posts, where I did not comment and apologize. Your posts have meaning and light! Smiles, Robin

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